Football Players Has Finger Cut Off To Keep Playing

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A Mesa State College football player who broke his right pinkie finger decided to have it amputated rather than undergo a season-ending operation.

Mesa State senior Trevor Wikre says that's how important football is to him.

Wikre, an offensive lineman from Berthoud, will miss tomorrow's game at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden but expects to be playing again next weekend. His hand will be in a cast.

Wikre broke the finger in practice on Tuesday. Doctors told him he would need surgery to insert a pin, and that he would be out for six months -- meaning he would miss the rest of his final season.

He couldn't bear the thought of his career ending so abruptly, so he decided to forsake the finger.