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SmashMouth 02-17-2012 08:36 AM

Chad Jones' dream of playing in NFL is closer than most would have thought
Chad Jones might not ever play a down for the New York Giants. The road to complete his remarkable comeback and dream of playing in the NFL remains long and arduous. Despite his notable progress, the odds remain stacked against him.

Only 15 months ago Chad Jones still wore a protective boot on his left leg. Now he's cutting sharply on the injured joint and is ready to better his October 2011 clocking of 4.8 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
But I know one thing: I'm not betting against him.
The New Orleans native and former LSU star already has come farther than anyone thought possible after he nearly lost a leg in a horrific auto accident in June 2010, just weeks after being drafted by the Giants.
Few thought Jones would get this far. Even some of his doctors were skeptical that he'd ever walk again without a limp, much less run and eventually participate in an NFL camp.
In 20 long, hard months, Jones has gone from a diagnosis of possibly being disabled to the precipice of a return to the NFL.
Jones' remarkable story added another surprising chapter Monday when the Giants cleared him to join the team for its offseason conditioning program. The club also recently restructured the final two years of his contact, reducing his base salary by about $100,000 in each of the next two seasons, but he did not sign a new contract extension, as was reported.
That might not sound like much on the surface, but it's the first significant move by the club to bring Jones back in the fold. For the first time since he suited up for a rookie minicamp in May 2010, Jones will wear the famed blue-and-red helmet as a member of the defending Super Bowl champions.
Jones will move to New York in April and is expected to begin on-field work with the team for the first time when the club's offseason conditioning program starts April 16. He still needs to pass the club's physical, but everyone involved reportedly is confident he's ready to return to football in some capacity.
"It's huge," said John Moran, Jones' physical therapist who oversaw the initial stages of Jones' recovery.
That Jones has made it this far is nothing short of miraculous. The crash delivered a devastating double whammy to his left leg -- massive nerve and soft-tissue damage in his thigh, calf, heel and ankle, along with a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula.
As far as anyone can tell, no professional athlete -- and certainly no NFL player -- has fully recovered from the combination of gruesome lower-leg injuries Jones is trying to overcome.
Still, he has made remarkable progress in the past year under the watchful eyes of Moran, strength and conditioning coach Carter Stamm and speed and agility coach Derrick Joseph. Only 15 months ago he still wore a protective boot on his left leg. Now, Moran said, he's cutting sharply on the injured joint and is ready to better his October clocking of 4.8 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Whether Jones actually makes it remains to be seen. Countless hurdles remain. Questions abound.
Can he pass a physical and make the move to linebacker, the position Giants coaches are considering switching him to this spring?
Will his football instincts return?
Will there be any residual emotional effects from the accident?
And most important, can his leg withstand the daily physical contact inherent to the sport?

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Luda34 02-17-2012 11:17 AM

I wish him the best he was a good player

QBREES9 02-18-2012 02:37 PM

Good for him. I hope he makes it back, all the way back.

WhoDat!656 02-19-2012 05:03 PM

I remember when that story came out.

Wish him the best of luck in life and his career!!

SapperSaint 02-19-2012 07:14 PM

I got a lot of love for Chad. I still pray for the best for him. While football is his goal... I'm just happy he's still here. God speed in your recovery brother!

Geaux Tigers!

CharityMike 02-19-2012 07:40 PM

I wish him all the luck in the world. Still don't quite get how the accident happened in the first place. I think some details were left out. I saw the accident first hand. I was going to Mcdonalds to get breakfast. As I was going down Carrolton I saw the wreckage and thought damn, how do you even do that? I had no idea at the time it was Chad Jones.

foreverfan 02-19-2012 07:46 PM

If he makes second string.... fine.

SapperSaint 02-19-2012 07:54 PM

if he makes PS; it's a victory.

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