Pinkie power: Mesa State senior draws attention for amputation
No. 8 of the Top Ten stories for 2008
Trevor Wikre made a difficult life-changing decision with barely a blink of the eye.
His willingness to amputate his right pinkie so he could finish the Mesa State College football season caught national attention, making it The Daily Sentinel’s No. 8 story of 2008.
Within weeks, Wikre had media requests from Sports Illustrated, ESPN, People magazine and TV’s “Inside Edition” — just to name a few. He was the subject of numerous radio talk shows.
The senior from Berthoud dislocated the finger during a typical practice drill in the midst of the season.
“It was just another day of work,” Wikre said. “My finger got caught in a jersey when I hit the ground. I felt something weird, but I didn’t know what it was so I played the next play. I thought
I had some tape loose. I pulled my glove off and saw the bone popped out. I asked Josh (Fullmer) to put it back in and tape it up.”
Wikre, though, had to see a doctor, who recommended reconstructive surgery to repair it, but that would mean the end of his football career.
Surgery simply wasn’t an option for Wikre, so he decided on another course of action — amputation.
Wikre told the doctor, “‘This is my senior year. If I want to go on, I’ve got to play great the rest of the way. These are my last few games. We’ve got to make this work.’
“He’s like, ‘We can’t.’ I said, ‘We can. Cut it off.’ I love football. When you face the fact you’ve played your last game, it hurts. If you love the game and you’re told that, you do whatever you have to do to play again.”
At the time of the injury, Mesa State was in the hunt for a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title and NCAA Division II playoff berth. The Mavericks (6-5), though, lost their last three games, missing the RMAC title and the playoffs.