Former LSU star Chad Jones promised he would be one of the first players through the door on Monday morning when the New York Giants returned for their offseason workouts, and the safety made good on that promise. After 23 months away from football following a car accident that nearly cost him his life, he returned to the field and was seen running dressed head to toe in Giants gear.
"It's something I've been working toward for the last two years, ever since the day of my car wreck," Jones said earlier this month. "It's just going to be a great feeling being back there in a football atmosphere, being around teammates and being in a different city and being where Giants fans are. Everything will be picture-perfect."
Although Jones passed a physical and was cleared to return to football activities by his personal physician, he's yet to be cleared by the Giants' team physician, Dr. Russell Warren. Accordingly, Jones is at the complex working out as a continuation of his rehab.
Jones' determination and perseverance has not been lost on his teammates, all of whom were thrilled to see him out there on Monday morning. Perhaps defensive tackle Chris Canty said it best with his recent tweet about #35.
One small step at a time. Jones will see live NFL action in the very near future.
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