As the six-foot-two, 220 pound phenomenon began vigorously running the 40-yard dash—with five yards remaining—his right leg gave out and he collapsed on the turf.
“My career flashed in front of my eyes,” says Nicholson, who had been accepted to the university on a full football scholarship. “I’ve never felt so much pain before. A San Diego Chargers scout said my right leg swelled so severely that it was triple the size of my left leg.”
At the hospital, doctors discovered that Nicholson broke his femur bone and immediately performed three intense surgeries on the NFL hopeful. Ultimately, his doctors assured him he’d never walk again.
“I was hospitalized for two months and I felt completely lost,” he recalls. “I had a 28-inch rod in my leg and my weight decreased from 220 to 143 pounds. My coaches and teammates lost hope in me.”
“It was a scary time for Branden,” says Nicholson’s mother Regina Riles, a registered nurse of 20 years. “But I kept reassuring him that God was going to rebuild him bigger, faster, and stronger than ever."
Nearly one year later, to everyone’s astonishment, Nicholson rejoined the team his senior year, much stronger than before. Nicholson simply credits God for delivering on his promise to heal him.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, Nicholson continued pursuing his career as a model and actor; appearing on VH1, MTV and Spike TV. He also played for two arena football teams. In 2009, he established B. Nick Fitness, an online and in-person one-on-one and group wellness program geared towards drastically transforming lives.
“When I started my workouts with Branden, I was on two high blood pressure medications,”
“I love what I do,” exclaims Nicholson. “I always told myself, ‘If I can change one life daily, then this job is for me.’ With every life I transform, the more glory I give to God.”
For additional information about Branden Nicholson, daily wellness tips and his range of services, visit BNickFitness.com.
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