A.J. and the Oilers

December 09, 1990

Race-car driver A.J. Foyt, whose legs were crushed in a September racing accident in Wisconsin, is working under the supervision of Houston Oilers strength and rehabilitation coach Steve Watterson in hopes of competing in the Indianapolis 500 one final time.

"Steve's just done miracles with me," Foyt said. "He's really pushing me, working me four and five hours a day every day. Steve calls the shots and I just do what he wants me to do."

Watterson began treating Foyt on Nov. 20.

"I was amazed at the injuries to his legs and feet," Watterson told the Houston Chronicle. "I mean, his ankles were dislocated. He had pins in his toes. The tibia in one leg actually split. He broke it in half, and it came up and out his thigh. The fibula was dislocated.

"His right foot was totally dislocated at the ankle. He had a laceration of the patella tendon. I just couldn't believe it."

Watterson had to confront Foyt's well-known penchant for being demanding and being in charge.

"A.J. is one tough son of a gun," Watterson said. "He told me, 'I'm going to do this and I'm going to do that.'

"I told him, 'Look, A.J., you're the driver of your car and you tune your car because you know everything about it. But you're not the driver here. I'm the driver. You're the car.' "

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