The season everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived, football is back! Sundays now mean much more than just the day before the work week begins. Now, it’s a day to look forward too with friends and family to cheer on your number one team! Not only is football back for the NFL but it’s back for all schools and colleges all over the country. As fun and entertaining as football is to play, it can unfortunately lead to injuries. Many people believe that these injuries can end their football career or they will not come back as good as they were before. What most people don’t realize is that most of the time, this is not the case and actually a chance to come back better than before.
Take a look at some of the biggest NFL stars today who have had injuries where people thought their career was over and came back even better than before.
In 2006, while Drew Brees was Quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, he tore his labrum in his throwing shoulder. This was a huge upset for Brees, especially when San Diego decided against the decision to resign him. Bree was then picked up by the New Orleans Saints who believed he would come back just as good if not better. Brees worked incredibly hard, making sure to come back better than before. He did not let the rumors that he would never be the same again get to his head. The Saints were right, in 2009 Brees led the Saints to their first Superbowl win.
In 2004, Steve Smith who was playing for the Carolina Panthers, broke his leg in the first game of the season. Smith was a huge asset to the Panthers and was projected to have an amazing season. Unfortunately, Smith was out the rest of the season leaving people to believe that his starting days as a wide receiver had come to an end. Smith vowed to never give up and to come back and be the best player he can be. After a lot of hard work and therapy, Smith came back in the 2005 season and had his best season yet.
In 2011, Peyton Manning who played for the Indianapolis Colts at the time, had a herniated disc in his spine which led to nerve damage. Manning went for multiple surgeries on both his neck and his spine to try to correct the problem. Manning missed an entire season as a result to this leaving everyone, including his family, to believe that not only would he never play the same again but that his career was over. Manning returned the following season after being signed by the Denver Broncos. He threw a record setting 55 touchdown passes, proving all his critics wrong and winning Most Valuable Player. Peyton Manning’s comeback is known as one of the most amazing comebacks of all time.
Among these injuries, there have been many injuries such as ACL and MCL tears, where players came back better than ever. If an injury occurs, never let it bring you down or make you believe that you are never going to play the game again, let it motivate you to work hard and come back better than ever.