The New York Giants just signed a guard that was drafted in the third round of the “UFL Draft” by the Omaha Nighthawks. If you haven’t figured it out, I am talking about two time Pro-Bowl guard, and former Philadelphia Eagle Shawn Andrews.
"I am laying it all on the line, not that I haven't before," Andrews said. "This is it. The Giants are going to get everything from me."
Will that include the back and mental problems that he could not shake while playing in Philly? The Eagles were very sympathetic to Andrews. In 2008 the Eagles made it a point to give him ample time off to deal with his chronic depression. They even reached out and signed his brother Stacy.
As most of us know, depression isn't a laughing matter. Just like everyone else, you have ups and downs in life. But, when those downs hit—they hit you hard. To the point where you want to give up on everything that is important in your life.
"My head is in the game," Andrews said. "It's always been in the game. I just had some setbacks there. It was untimely, and I've heard every excuse from myself why the things happened back in 2008. It happened. We all go through things.”
"Why not give a guy a second chance who is passionate about what he does?"
Following his bout with depression in the 2007 offseason and into the 2008 season, after playing only two games, Shawn injured his back and needed surgery. Shawn was at the point where he realized his football career was in jeopardy. He faced scrutiny from critics when he seemed he wanted to pursue a music career instead of trying to become football ready.
When asked why he came back to football, Andrews said, "I am trying to follow in the footsteps of the great Larry Allen. I want to be that good and even better and I think I have a chance to do that. This conference is competitive and I think I have a good shot to achieve that. Hopefully, everything goes well and it's back to kicking butt.”
Andrews left the Eagles just how he started with the team. His rookie year back in 2004 Shawn blew out his knee in the very first game, missing the entire season. It wasn’t until 2005 where Shawn started to rise to fame, making the 2005 and then the 2007 Pro-Bowl.
Then during training camp before the 2008 season, Shawn decided to go home to battle depression. When he returned to be with the team he suffered his back injury. His back injury caused him to miss the 2009 season and ultimately lead to his release.
"I'm not making this a Shawn versus the Eagles thing," said Andrews, "It was an untimely release. They wanted to go in another direction and I just kept working my tail off, so here I am. I am a G-Man."
In my final two cents I will say, welcome back to the NFL, Shawn.
Eagles’ fans may get a bad taste in their mouth with the signing, but, whatever. I do not think that Shawn will ever be back to the Pro-Bowl form he was in 2005-2007. Shawn will be good as a back up for the next year or two and may eventually start, but I truly feel that his best years are behind him.
Good luck with “Big Baby” G-men...
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