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Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:47 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 3:02 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It was already safe to say that Alabama senior nose tackle Josh Chapman -- the anchor for one of the greatest rush defenses of college football's past decade -- was one of the nation's best players this past season. It turns out he may also have been one of the toughest.

Chapman revealed Wednesday that he had undergone knee surgery the previous day and would be missing both the Senior Bowl and most of the upcoming NFL Draft Combine. The surgery repaired both a torn ACL and a torn meniscus in his left knee.

But neither the details of nor the fallout from Chapman's injury are nearly as attention-grabbing as when that injury occurred: October 1, in the Crimson Tide's 38-10 victory over Florida. 

"Normally I can deal with pain pretty well, but after three days I needed an MRI," Chapman told the Birmingham News. "Dr. (LyleCain said he's never seen a guy that can have a torn ACL and still stay that stable."

How stable? Despite the injury, Chapman missed just one of the Tide's final eight games, an intended light workout vs. FCS Georgia Southern that turned much more serious when -- thanks in part to Chapman's absence -- the triple-option Eagles ran for a stunning 302 yards.

The late surgery won't allow Chapman to be at his best for the pro scouts, but given what was at stake for the Tide, he says he never considered a premature end to his senior season.

"I didn't really want to give up like that," he said. "I enjoyed playing. As long as it stayed right, I could play."

Chapman played all right, returning from the absence vs. GSU to help the Tide allow zero offensive points over their final eight quarters (Auburn scored touchdowns on defense and special teams) and win the national title. Despite finishing the season with just 23 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, and one sack, Chapman is still ranked the 77th prospect overall by, the 20th-best defensive tackle, and a possible second-round selection.

Not bad for a guy playing on one knee for two-thirds of the season.

Eye on CFB named Chapman to its 2011 All-SEC team. See who else made the cut by clicking here.

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Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:23 pm

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

Respect!!! I hope the Detroit Lions draft this kid and move Suh to DE.... Suh, Fairley, and Chapman...could it get any crazier...don't laugh the Lions are known for loving a position...took us 4 tries to get Megatron right(Charles Rogers, Roy Williams, Mike Williams, Calvin Johnson in 5 drafts) LOL at the Millen years.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:43 pm

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

Tough kid, definitely earns respect for this one.

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:43 pm

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

I think anyone making racial suggestions or comparing athletes, at any level, to slaves should have their posting priviledges removed.  If people can't openly discuss topics on here at a mature level, then what's the point?  I feel sorry for people who think like that, and embarrassed they would even write something suggesting such nonsense.

Now.  What I wanted to add is what a man this is.  How in the world do you play that many games, let alone half a game, with that kind of injury.  That's incredible. 

Watching the NC game, I saw an amazing defense in action, and learning about this man makes me understand why this Bama D was so dominant.  Wow.

I do hope he makes a full recovery, and I'm sure he'll make one heck of a pro ball player.

Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:42 pm
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Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 5:35 pm

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

tea bagger turns self in, I hope he does time, what an ass

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 5:33 pm

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

tea bagger turns self if, I hope he does time

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 5:26 pm

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

Welcome to the Steelers, surely they will draft this guy in the 3rd round, I'd trade up to get him in the 3rd.

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 5:22 pm

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

@dkh-fl, You should be penalized for such an stupid comment(CBS, can you do that?). Funny how people make opinions based on little information, no one forced him to play.

The SEC actually makes my stomach turn. The fact people will think this is a somehow a good thing is mindboggling.

Slavery 2.0 - the only difference for blacks in the south is that now its televised, the courts are fixed to make sure they never get convicted of a crime and they let them have (nicer) shoes.
The SEC makes your stomach turn? Maybe you should watch some of the Pac-10 games. It's not that this is a good thing, it's about his choice not to sit out his senior year and give more when he had nothing else to give. Maybe Chapman should be your hero, he might unboggle your mind!!

Slavery, serioulsy?

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 5:15 pm

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

dkh-fl - Are you serious?  Are you kidding?  To go so far as to rant on the SEC and compare the athletes in the SEC to slaves is simply ridiculous.  I think you need help.   Why not congratulate this young man on a wonderful season, a selfless act and wish him well?  I wonder if he was caucasion and did the same thing, would you call the SEC "Slavery 2.0" as well.  Oh yeah, by the way, Greg McElroy made a similar decision to play the NC game with cracked ribs.  Is McElroy part of this "Slavery 2.0" that you speak of? 

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 5:08 pm

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

@dkl-fl: dude, no one held a gun toward his head and forced him to play. There was no "slavery" involved nor any NCAA violations. He insisted on playing his senior year even if it risked a pro career.

Did you happen to see CHapman on the cover of the Oct. 11 Sports Illustrated? And have you ever followed Alabama to know that players do miss entire seasons if they are not able to play?

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