Tracy Morgan made a rare public appearance in New York City Tuesday night, taking in a Yankee game with his fiancee Megan Wollover and their 2-year-old daughter Maven in the Bronx, more than a year after he was critically injured in a six-vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.
The "30 Rock" and "SNL" star drew a big cheer when he was shown on the scoreboard and he acknowledged the ovation from his front-row seat. The Yankees routed the Boston Red Sox 12-3.
Speaking to NBC's Matt Lauer on "Today" in early June, making his first extended comments since the crash that killed a fellow comedian and put Morgan in a coma, the 46-year-old actor said, "I can't believe I'm here. I can't believe I'm in front of you. "
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Morgan said he doesn't remember details from the June 7, 2014, accident when a Wal-Mart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike slammed into the back of a limousine-bus carrying Morgan and several others who were returning from a comedy show in Delaware.
Morgan found out two weeks later — after he emerged from a coma — that his friend James "Jimmy Mack" McNair, who had been with him in the car, had died.
"He was a good man," Morgan said, one of several times when he got emotional during the interview.
Morgan suffered a traumatic brain injury, a broken leg, and broken ribs in the crash. Two other friends were seriously injured. Morgan said that while his bones will heal "the loss of my friend will never heal."
He said he watched YouTube footage after the crash and that he has "my good days and my bad days." Sometime he forgets things, has headaches and nose bleeds, he said.
Morgan said that he "can't wait to get back to comedy" but right now his goal is to "heal and get better."
The actor-comedian settled his lawsuit against Walmart at the end of May. The retail giant also reached an out-of-court settlement with McNair's two children earlier this year and said it was working towards settlements with other crash victims.
"We know there is nothing we can do to change what happened to Mr. McNair," company spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said in January. "We're committed to doing what's right."