Love of the Game: Chad Jones Won't Let Crash Keep Him Out Forever

Mike Pendleton@MP2310Correspondent IJuly 1, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 07:  Chad Jones #3 of the Louisiana State University Tigers against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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On June 25th, 2010, at around 6:15 A.M., a rookie's dream to make it big and star in the NFL took a bad turn.

Chad Jones, who was drafted by the New York Giants as a safety out of Louisiana State University (LSU), was driving around Canal Street in New Orleans (according to WDSU.com) when he lost control of his SUV and smashed into a street pole. The police have began an investigation on the accident and details will be announced soon.

Here is a link to Mr. Jones' car via the Twitter account of Adam Schefter of ESPN: http://tweetphoto.com/29069195

This article is not to focus on the horrific injuries that Chad Jones sustained, which include multiple fractures of his left leg, a shattered tibia and fibula, and, even worse, exposed arteries and nerves. This article is to focus on a kid who never stepped onto a professional field, almost had his leg amputated, and, despite all this, wants and can see himself playing football in the NFL one day.

Chad was a national champion not just once, but twice. He wasn't just a football champion at LSU (in 2008), but he also won a national championship with their baseball team (in 2009). He's a man skilled at two different sports and, while his injury may still allow him to play baseball, he wants to play professional football again.

This situation should make us all realize as sports fans that those we watch on the television are blessed to be in the situation that they are in. As a rookie, your nerves will hit you all the time, up and down, until you get through the whole rookie season. 

Chad Jones will not get that opportunity yet, but he wants to play. If there is nothing more that we can take from this, we know he's dedicated.

At the time of this writing, Chad Jones has gone through successful surgery and has a lot of rehab treatment lying ahead on a long road to recovery. I wish him the best of luck.

This is no rookie hazing or prankwe are all rooting for you, Chad Jones, and we will be your biggest fans this year.

For those fans that read this, realize this is something very serious and cannot be taken for granteddon't take anything for granted. Chad didn't, and now he'll fight his way back to play in the NFL, which is not fair.

Best wishes and good luck to Chad Jonesfootball player, fighter, man on a mission.


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