Many members of the New York Giants are strong, spiritual men who often refer to the good book and specific passages each day. Among them is cornerback Terrell Thomas, who recently admitted to Inside Football's Pat Traina that following an ACL injury last season, his faith was briefly lost.
"I’ll admit that I lost my faith when I got injured. I wasn’t mad at God. But I kind of questioned Him in a way. I just couldn’t understand how, after everything I had been through in my life, why would this happen now?" Thomas told Inside Football. "I still don’t know, but He’s still teaching me, and He restored my faith and I will never lose it again. He taught me, ‘Just love Me, and work hard.’ "
Thomas acknowledged that the timing of his injury also played a role in his brief lapse in faith as he had just had Bible verse 1 Peter 5:6 -Humble yourself upon God and in due time He shall exalt you- tattooed on him.
The loss faith was temporary, however. Thomas says he's learned a lot from this experience and never plans to question Him again.
"I became a man and it taught me that I could overcome anything if I have faith and if I work at it. I’m still overcoming this injury — it’s not done at all. But this experience has definitely taught me not to lose my faith in God because He definitely has a plan for my and will always be there for me," he said.
Faith, like politics, is all a matter of personal interpretation. What Thomas' experience shows is the mental toll such a serious injury takes on a player and the stages they have to go through to return to the field; not just physically, but mentally as well. It's a unique look into the thought process of an athlete who is trying to understand "why".
To read Thomas' entire interview with Pat Traina, head on over to Inside Football.
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