David Granda/Getty ESPN host Sage Steele returns to work after being struck in the face with golf ball
ESPN host Sage Steele returned to host SportsCenter on Wednesday for her first broadcast since she was struck in the head by a golf ball last month.
"I feel like the luckiest person in the world to still be here and be standing after that, which was three weeks ago tomorrow," Steele said during her ESPN return on Wednesday.
"It is amazing how quickly life can change," she said.
Steele also thanked co-host Matt Barrie, who she says remained by her side and helped her onto a stretcher.
"My teammate, my co-host, who was right there next to me when this whole damn thing happened," she said while fighting tears.
— Sage Steele (@sagesteele) June 8, 2022
According to Steele, Barrie also traveled to the hospital with her.
"Even when I was at the lowest point of my life arguably, thank you for making me smile," she said to Barrie.
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Following the broadcast, Steele continued to express her gratitude to Barrie on Twitter.
"I tried so hard to not get emotional today," she wrote alongside the video.
"Love you @MattBarrie," she added. "I am forever grateful."
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) May 21, 2022
During Steele's return, Barrie said Steele took the hit "like a champ."
"Most people would've passed out," he said.
The ESPN host told viewers that her recovery still has "a long way to go," but she's grateful for the support throughout the process.
During the weeks since the accident, Steele recovered in her Connecticut home before returning to work, which the host said is where "she loves to be."