As training camp nears, so to does the return of New York Giants defensive back Terrell Thomas, who has fought and clawed his way back from two consecutive ACL tears (and three overall). And when he ultimately steps foot onto the field, he will be one of only a handful of professional football players to have ever overcome three or more ACL tears.
The problem is, it's difficult to know what to expect from the veteran. Even he seems unsure of what he's capable of after so many serious knee injuries, but the goal he's mapped out for himself is a rather simple one: play all 16 games.
“As far as myself my goal is to get through sixteen games, contribute and prove a lot of people wrong. As far as individual numbers I have no idea. I haven’t played football in two years so I just want to play. My goal is to get through sixteen games and whatever comes with that is a bonus," Thomas told Pro Player Insiders.
Thomas noted that while his personal goals are simple and presumably attainable if he can remain healthy, the team's goals are much more vast.
“For the Giants we want to win the Super Bowl." he said. "We want to be the first team to host a Super Bowl and play in their home stadium. How cool would that be to have home field advantage?"
The Giants are likely to take it easy on T2 early in camp and slowly ramp him up as the season draws nearer. And while expectations aren't very high, Thomas maintains that he's going to "shock" a large number of people.
For his sake, the Giants' sake and our sake as fans, we certainly hope so. We would all love to be shocked.
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