FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Former Miami Dolphins quarterback David Woodley, feeling "almost like I've got a second chance at life," held a news conference yesterday, just four days after undergoing a liver transplant.
With his doctors by his side, Woodley walked off an elevator at Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, La., and spoke, along with his surgeon, Dr. Jim Piper, for about 20 minutes.
"I feel almost as good as before I went in," said Woodley, 33. "It's almost a miracle to me."
Woodley, who at 24 was the youngest quarterback to start a Super Bowl when the Dolphins lost, 27-17, to the Washington Redskins in 1983, underwent a 4 1/2 -hour liver transplant Sunday to reverse terminal liver disease. Less than 96 hours after the surgery, Piper was discussing plans for Woodley's release from the hospital.