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For New York Giants’ Chad Jones, a Return to Football is Becoming a Realistic Possibility

May 20th, 2011 at 7:10 PM
By Barshay Graves

The New York Giants have stuck by safety Chad Jones and for good reason. The third round pick in the 2010 NFL draft is making considerable headway on his road to recovery. The two sport star originally from Louisiana State University is one of only two players to ever win a national championship in two sports, baseball and football.

Lousiana State University’s Chad Jones (C) nearly intercepts a pass intended for Penn State’s Derek Moye (R) along with teammate Danny McCray (44) during the second quarter of the Capital One Bowl NCAA football game in Orlando, Florida January 1, 2010. REUTERS/Scott Audette (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

His talents on the football field warranted the junior safety to declare early for the NFL draft. The Giants saw something special in Jones though the defensive backfield was already laden with talent. They took him with 76th overall selection, with the hopes of getting him on the field this past season. 

As many know, the morning of June 25th drastically changed Jones’ life forever. It was the first day he returned home from Giants mini-camp. He lost control of his Range Rover SUV after he tried to get off street car tracks, causing him to crash and eventually wrapping around a pole. The most severe injuries were sustained to his left leg. He broke his fibula, tibia, and arteries were exposed as well. His leg was so mangled that doctors initially feared they would need to amputate the leg totally shattering all hopes of him ever playing football again.

Fast Forward to May and almost a year after this terrible ordeal and Jones is defying the odds.  He is working tirelessly to get back to his normal life and back on the field to support his girlfriend and young son. Jones is now walking with the aid a boot and even has been running on a treadmill.

Jones feels he will play football again. In a Report from Louisiana based radio station WWL stated on their website that Jones feels he is ready to return to the New York Giants this upcoming season. Professional Athletes are confident people and for good reason. You do not make it to the top of your profession without confidence.

The New York Times had a more realistic report. When they spoke with John L. Moran of Southern Orthopedic specialists he had this to say.

“There’s been phenomenal progress, all of the doctors here have been shocked at the rate of his progress…if Chad continues to progress at the rate that he is, he could see the field in 2012. I really think that is possible.”

Jones is a tremendous athlete. He was drafted in football and twice in baseball. Being that Jones is such a physically gifted athlete; things look to be in his favor for returning to the gridiron. He has the full support of the Giants who still pay him though they are not obligated to. Everyone is rooting for the once promising safety to don the Giants blue again.

Barshay Graves is a student at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and an acting intern at Giants 101.

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