Posted by Adam Jacobi
After suffering a season-ending ACL tear last fall, Case Keenum has led the Houston Cougars to a 6-0 start. Click to watch Keenum describe his incredible journey back to the football field.
I think the process of recovery from a torn ACL doesn't really get enough respect, on account of its relative prevalence in college sports these days. This isn't like the days of Gale Sayers, where one blown knee can ruin the most talented player in the sport; medicine is far, far advanced. And yet, surgery can only get these guys so far into their recovery process; from there, it's still day after day, week after week, and month after month of agonizing rehab -- and then piling on extra conditioning as soon as your knee can handle it, just to get back into game shape.
Past that, I definitely laughed at the players and coaches being mystified at Keenum's monogamist tendencies, long before his actual marriage. This is college we're talking about, and Keenum's not just some guy, nor just some athlete, nor just some quarterback, nor just some starting quarterback -- he's en route to being the most prolific passer in the history of college football. To stay committed to the woman who's now his wife through all that? That's a level of dedication most of us can't even contemplate. Kudos to you, Mr. Keenum.