By sticking with linebacker Chase Blackburn and Chad Jones, who continues his rehabilitation from horrific leg injuries suffered in a June 2010 car accident, the Giants continue to prove that they "do it the right way."
Blackburn became a feel-good story last season when he put his future career as a middle school math teacher on hold to rejoin the Giants midseason.
Blackburn spent the first six seasons of his career with Big Blue. The undrafted free agent out of Akron in 2005 was unable to sign on with a team after the 2010-11 season concluded. The unrestricted free agent and the Giants agreed on a one-year deal last week.
The Giants turned to Blackburn after rookie linebacker Mark Herzlich suffered what became a season-ending ankle injury against the New Orleans Saints in Week 12. All Blackburn did was appear in nine games, while starting eight of those contests. The special teams captain in 2010, Blackburn had a huge interception of Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLVI.
As for Jones, he is participating in the Giants' offseason workouts. It marks his first activities with the team since he had his accident. It comes as no surprise, as Jones stated all of last year that he would return this spring.
As first reported by The Star Ledger's reporter Mike Garafolo, Jones must still be cleared by the Giants' medical staff before returning to football activities. By working out, Jones is simply continuing his rehab. After lowering his base salary for the next two seasons, Jones has two more years left on his contract.
Jones was drafted in the third round as a guy who would bolster a weak safety core. Had he not gotten in his accident, the former LSU star could have been an integral part of the secondary by this point in his career.
The Giants, as an organization, have continued to stick with Jones during his comeback. Jones may never again play football, but there was a time when people said he may never walk again.
While his football future remains in question, this does not: The New York Giants organization will continue to root for Chad and support him. His recovery is one of the best feel-good stories around the NFL, as is Blackburn's story. The Giants understand the NFL is a business, but they also understand a thing or two about loyalty.
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