Q: (A question on how he found out he had appendicitis)
Alex Kanellis: Well, the night before the game, I didn't sleep at all. I was throwing up probably every 5 minutes. Instead of calling the trainer at night, I just thought I'd wait. I didn't want to wake him up. I went down there in the morning. I said, "I'm sick, I didn't sleep well, throwing up all night." They started poking around, and one spot hurt real bad. They said it looked like appendicitis so I was in there Saturday morning. After the first quarter, I was in surgery. I was lucky enough that it didn't burst and it was quick. I got back with the team on the team flight.
Q: You were pretty lucky though, right? You realize that now?
Kanellis: Yeah. If it would have burst, it would have been a different deal. I would have been out for a few games.
Q: How were you able to come back so quickly? You were in uniform and playing the next week.
Kanellis: I don't know. There was some pain, but there wasn't anything that I couldn't play with. It was the kind of thing where there wasn't any more appendix in there, so I'm not going to hurt myself any worse. I really didn't want to miss that game.
Q: So how are you now, 100%? 90%?
Kanellis: I'm 100% right now, I feel good.
Q: Did you really show up to practice that Sunday?
Kanellis: Yeah, I did. I showed up, I was sitting in meetings, I wasn't all there, I was a little bit sick. Yeah.
Q: What'd Coach Aiken say to you?
Kanellis: He just gave me a look and was like, "You don't have to be here." I said, "Coach, I didn't get to see the game, I want to watch the film."
Q: They don't open you wide open now.
Kanellis: Yeah. It's different than they used to do. It's arthroscopic, three incisions.
Q: Ferentz said he was a little shocked when you got back on the plane. Were you surprised to be on the plane?
Kanellis: I don't even remember it, I was pretty drugged up. I just kind of sat down and fell asleep, the whole time.
Q: When you were at the hospital, was the game on the TV?
Kanellis: Yeah. I watched the first quarter. After that was when they put me out. That's all I got to see.
Q: I didn't understand. Did you start playing in the game?
Kanellis: No, no.
Q: I thought you said you were in the first quarter?
Kanellis: No, I was in the hospital. I watched it in the hospital, the first quarter.