Massaquoi still has his left thumb, and he utilizes a prosthetic device.
In a video released by The Players' Tribune on Monday, Massaquoi detailed the accident and how it has impacted him, which began with some innocent fun with friends on the weekend before players usually report to camp.
Once upon a time, Mohamed Massaquoi was a can't-miss All-American high school wide receiver from Independence High who didn't lose a high school game and won four state championships. In the video he explains how he has grown accustomed to using a prosthetic after spending his athletic career catching passes from quarterbacks.
Massaquoi recent shared his story of losing the majority of his left hand on The Players' Tribune in an ATV accident.
"Making a turn-I take the turn too sharply", Massaquoi says, reliving the horrifying moment.
Massaquoi believed he had only broken his hand, but several of his friends thought his hand looked as if it went through a meat grinder because of how badly it looked.
"What I'm seeing and what my friends are seeing are completely different".
He had just endured an ATV accident during an outing with his friends and heard what he described as an "explosion" in his hand.
"I guess when I look at my hand, I'm just thankful", he said.
In shock, Massaquoi didn't realize how bad it was at first.
"They're seeing what actually happened, I'm seeing what I think happened", Massaquoi said. "Meanwhile you can see the panic and the fear in everybody". To Ron Courson, Thomas Settles, Carla Williams, Bryant Gantt, and everyone at UGA who was there for me from the very beginning - thank you.
In 2013 Massaquoi spent a brief amount of time with the Jaguars and Jets before his National Football League career came to an end.
"I went through denial, I went through just fear of what was going to come and this gives you a perspective of how precious life is and how fast things can change", he said. I'm thankful for the little things in life. "I'm thankful for family, for friendship, thankful for real things".