Former New York Giants defensive back Brian Witherspoon, who is coming off of two consecutive ACL tears, remains a free agent, but is doing anything other than sitting on his couch waiting for a call. Instead, Witherspoon tackled another sport and has found significant success there, qualifying for the US Track & Field Nationals in both the 100m (10.22) and 200m (20.66).
There had been some hope that Witherspoon would be able to return to the Giants late last season, but that never materialized and he remained on Injured Reserve (IR) throughout the duration of the year. Now a free agent, it would appear as if teams across the league are concerned with the multiple ACL tears, and perhaps rightfully so. However, qualifying for the US Track & Field Nationals is one emphatic way of saying: "Hey! Over here! My knee is perfectly fine."
Prior to his initial ACL tear in August of 2011, Witherspoon had begun to turn some heads at Giants' training camp. He was rapidly propelling himself up the depth chart and appeared poised for a spot on the 53-man roster before going down with the aforementioned ACL injury. His comeback was then cut short when he re-injured his ACL in May of 2012.
Always a friend to Giants 101, we certainly wish Witherspoon the best of luck at the US Track & Field Nationals, and hope to see him on an NFL field again very soon.
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