“It's a testament to our character,” Millard said. “In the face of adversity, guys don't feel sorry for themselves. Guys don't really get down on themselves.”
Millard is trying to focus on his day-to-day recovery, and not think too much about the pre-Draft process that is still a couple months away.
But he knows that his injury will likely cause him to fall down NFL team's draft boards. Fullbacks already struggle to be picked in the first few rounds.
Millard said February's NFL Scouting Combine is “out of the question,” and that he'd probably still be limited by the time OU hosts its Pro Day in March.
“I might have a special Pro Day later, just me by myself,” Millard said. “(The injury) is probably gonna knock me down a little bit in the draft, but with everything as far as technologies, doctors and therapy now, it's not as huge a hindrance. I should be ready for training camp, which is a big deal.”
For now, though he's excited about Oklahoma's Sugar Bowl berth, even though he obviously wishes he was healthy enough to play in the game.
The versatile senior captain — who some coaches have called the best player on the team — would have seemingly been a very valuable weapon for the Sooners to have against the mighty Crimson Tide, who have won three out of the last four national championships.
“They've been one of the most dominating teams since I started playing college football,” Millard said of Alabama. “I would love to be out there for my last game to play this team, but that's not in the cards for me. I'm just gonna help out in all the ways that I can.”