With Panthers linebacker Jon Beason out for the season after tearing his Achilles tendon, there’s been some talk that perhaps Beason came back too quickly after Achilles heel surgery a few weeks ago.
“He was going 100 miles an hour when he went down," Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said Monday. "It's just a shame thing. It's a freak thing.”
Well, it’s not really a “freak thing,” is it? He, after all, did have surgery a few weeks ago, and some have pointed to his consecutive games streak (64 games) as the main reason the Panthers might have rushed him back too soon. But remember, he also signed a five-year, $52 million the day before training camp, so that figure might have been in the back of his head as well.
Luckily, Beason, through this blog post, lets us know exactly what he was thinking about both Achilles injuries.
One of my favorite quotes is from Martin Luther King, who said, “A man is not fit to live if he hasn’t found something that he’ll die for.” Obviously, it’s not on the same scale, but I think everyone should have something in their life that is vital to them.
If I had to do it all over again, and go into that game with my Achilles injury, I would. Because football defines who I am. Sometimes you have to do something that you’ve never done to get something you’ve never had. The motivating factor is simple for me. To win, and not fear failure.
These setbacks and obstacles are all a part of it. Nothing worth attaining comes easy, and I know that. I’m convinced I did everything in my power to play the game I love. That’s why today I can’t say I’m mad or upset, because I went at it with everything I had just to contribute for the team.
A lot of people say, hey, he rushed back too soon. But actually, I didn’t. I told my teammates and myself that I would only play if I could help the team. I felt ready to do that. Myself and the Panthers’ medical staff were convinced that I was healthy enough to play in the opener versus the Cardinals.
Either way, he’s done for the year, and the Panthers -- whether or not it’s their fault -- aren’t quite as good in the linebacker corps as they were before.
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