In the NFL , it is a fairly common sight to see players getting IVs during games. As fans, we don't think much of it, as it just seems like standard procedure. However, IVs can be dangerous.
Just ask Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker, who says that he once almost died from an IV:
“Yeah. I got fluid in my lungs and damn near died almost in the game,” Walker said on the Bussin' With the Boys Podcast. ” The guy just wasn’t paying attention and the fluid was out so air seeped into my. . . .”
Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, one of the hosts of the podcast, corroborated Walker's account on the dangers of IVs, saying that they sometimes make you feel like you can't breathe:
“I got an IV, and I was feeling like the only reason it might be the IV was because the way you [Walker] were telling me, shortness of breath, I could barely breathe,” Lewan said. “I don’t really get tired during games, my conditioning is really good, and so I thought to myself, ‘Something is wrong.’ I started to come back to in the second half of the game. The first half, I was all (expletive) up.”
Walker also added that he avoids taking painkillers during a game, saying that any kind of pill makes him “looped” and that it makes him “feel like I was on crack.”
The 34-year-old played in just one game this past season due to a dislocated ankle. He had made three straight Pro Bowl appearances prior to the 2018 campaign.