The mother can talk for 45 minutes about her son being shot, and never cry.
The son can talk for nearly that long about the way the bullet changed his life and never flinch, until asked to see the scar.
That Trent Guy can breathe and walk, much less play football, is a miracle after what happened to him in the early hours of July 4, 2008. The Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver, then a blossoming star at Louisville, was shot in the back as he was leaving a nightclub.
An inch to the right, doctors told him, it hits his spine and he's paralyzed instantly. An inch to the left and it does enough internal damage that he could have bled to death on the way to the hospital.
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"That close," Trent Guy says plainly, his voice softening but eyes never wavering. "They always say football is a game of inches. Well, my life was a game of inches."
The story is far too common. Guy says that of his three best friends in Charlotte, two have been shot. One died less than a year ago, shot to death close to the neighborhood where they grew up, a death that merited two paragraphs in the newspaper.
Trent Guy knows how close he came to being a victim. And he knows he can't back down from telling his story, from advocating against gun violence.
"It's part of the reality. These things happen everywhere," Guy says. "There are a million people with the same story I have that have lost friends, but they don't have an opportunity to put it out. That's why I try to use this as a pedestal, as much as possible, because of the position I'm in, to tell my story and get it out there.
"I would feel selfish if I didn't try to use this to try to keep violence out of people's lives. I would feel selfish if I didn't go out and say, 'Look, I dealt with this.' Tell people you can go through things, but you can fight and you can still live your dreams."
The danger was too close.
A moment in time
At Louisville, things began to fall into place. He was successful on the field and in the classroom, and fitting in socially.
The night of July 3, 2008, wasn't out of the ordinary. He and some teammates and their friends went out, headed to Club Ville, a downtown nightclub.
Inside the club, an altercation began when a man put his hands on Kia Hampton, Guy's girlfriend.
"He disrespected her," Guy says. "What I did was nothing any man wouldn't do."
The aggressors were taken outside, and the football players encouraged to keep their distance. Later, as the club was about to close, Guy and his friends were leaving.
Some of what happened next he recalls vividly. Other parts are a blur.
What's known, from the police report, is that 19 shots were fired from the area near a garage where Guy's car was parked. For all the bullets, only one found the target, burying itself in Guy's lower back.
Today, there's a small, dark circle the size of a nickel, just above the waistband of his shorts. He's willing to show it, but deferred when asked if it could be photographed, not comfortable with the image. The memory is enough.
A quick recovery
There's still a scar, pink and the width of a pencil, running down the center of his stomach, where doctors went in to stop the bleeding. It's a daily reminder of the healing he's still going through.
Physically, considering the injury was so close to being fatal, Guy recovered quickly.
Dealing with physical pain is easier. As an athlete, his inclination is to keep moving, same as the night he was shot.
Moving on is the struggle.
Going to play on that field
Trent Guy has been to Bank of America Stadium before. As a kid, his Police Athletic League teams would help clean the stadium after NFL games to raise money. He's been there for Punt, Pass and Kick competitions as a child.
He's tailgated there, seen the sights, enjoyed the moments.
"I remember when Trenton was a boy, he said, 'Momma, I'm going to play on that field one day,' " Elaine Guy says."He didn't mean any NFL field, he meant that one.
"We grew up so close to that stadium, I drove by it when it was a hole in the ground, and we've been going there for years."
Saturday, the Panthers held their FanFest practice, an annual open training camp practice on the home field, at the stadium,.
The team is loaded with young receivers, but Guy has stood out in practices.
In May, coach John Fox singled him out by name. There are players who have been here much longer and gotten less immediate recognition.
He is not a lock to make the regular-season roster, but he has a chance.
After what Trent Guy went through, he doesn't take that for granted, and neither does his family.
Asked last week what it might be like, watching her son play on that field, Elaine Guy finally choked up.
"See, now you've gotten me emotional," she said, laughing in an effort to slow the tears.
"There were times I didn't know that we were going to make it, but right now, no one understands what it means to me to see my son standing there."
He wasn't able to practice Saturday, the result of a hamstring strain. But it almost doesn't matter.
He walked through the tunnel a member of the Carolina Panthers, but with his biggest moment, and the realization of a dream, yet to come.
"It really is. It's like a dream for me right now," Guy said with a grin. "Reality hasn't set in. I think when I put on a uniform and run out in front of those great fans here in Carolina it'll become reality to me."
He's that close.