“There were guys crying,” Lindsted said. “They're family. We have some international kids, and they live in the same house, so they're like brothers. They know Buddy's heart and how bad he wants it. There's not a guy in our group that wouldn't take a broken foot for him.”
Monday night, after Kruger and assistant coach Chris Crutchfield talked with Hield's mother, Jackie, and told her the news, Lindsted said he called her.
“I just would feel better if you were there with him and he sees you,” she told Lindsted.
So Lindsted took the day off from work and left early Tuesday morning with his wife and his two youngest children to see Hield.
They got to town before Hield's surgery and said he was in much better spirits than the night before.
“(Monday) night it was rough. When his teammates came in to him, he was breaking down. That's what they told me,” Lindsted said. “This morning, before surgery he had a good attitude. He said, ‘The Lord has a plan. I don't like it. I don't understand it.' But this is juts one more chance to show that he's tough enough. It's a testimony that he has a good attitude.”
Just hours after surgery, the Lindsteds sat next to Hield as they watched practice. Hield was smiling and laughing with his teammates, giving high-fives and hugs, and even passing a few of his potato chips to his teammates.
As Kruger huddled up the team near the end of practice, Hield joined them. Managers and players moved aside to give the freshman room.
Then before they left, they bowed their heads, and Hield's voice softly filled the gym as he led his team in prayer.