Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand started the SEC season with a blind spot in his right eye, 247Sports reports.
Hand rushed to a doctor Sept. 22, just before Auburn’s trip to Missouri. Tests revealed he had a detached and torn retina. He needed eye surgery immediately.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn told Hand he could stay home, but instead he put off the surgery until Sunday morning, hoping the eye injury would not worsen overnight or during the game.
In fact, Auburn’s winning performance on offense was not a good thing for Hand, who yelled and jumped around to celebrate each score, risking injuring the eye further.
Hand was lucky. He didn’t lose sight in the eye, and arrived home shortly after 3 a.m., slept for a few hours and went under the knife the next morning.
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