Houston Texans’ running back Arian Foster is starting just his sixth year in the NFL. However, undergoing season-ending back surgery last year had Foster considering permanently hanging up his helmet.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 4, 2014
Foster had this to share regarding his overall health with Tania Ganguli of ESPN (h/t NFL.com).
Any time an athlete goes through an injury like that — a back, a neck, even knees or hips, something that puts you out for the entire season — you kind of re-evaluate your life.
You see what’s really important. Is getting paralyzed more important than playing with your grandkids when you’re 50, 60 years old. People die on the football field. This is a really brutal sport. Going through an injury like that, being 27 years old, I’m young, still I’m at the prime of my career. Is it worth it to try to come back?
It was revealed by Foster that after a meeting with running back and Hall of Famer Earl Campbell sitting in a wheelchair, that the impacts of what could happen in football-related injury impacted him.
While Foster’s remarks might not sit right with some of the league’s win-no-matter-what personalities, the fact is a football-related injury could change any player’s life in an instant.
Apparently, Foster who isn’t practicing yet, and is still healing from his back surgery, is deciding to give it a go for at least one more season. I wish the star running back, who has over 6,700 combined yards over his five years, success to endure another season.
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