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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 NFLDraftScout.com, 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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Comments

Since: Aug 7, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 5:01 pm
 

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

seems like saban makes alot of his players play injured. dareus could barely move in a game last year and that maze kid was hurt in the first game with lsu this year and was so bad he couldnt cut at all. he needs to chill out with the injury thing. these guys need to save their bodies for the pros.




Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:59 pm
 

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

First off, this kid is incredibly tough!!! I torn my MCL in college and missed 3 weeks and my leg was pretty unstable but to tear an ACL, there is almost no stability. This just helped his stock go up as so many players in the NFL submit to season ending surgery when an injury like this happens. Chapman showed he is a warrior after reading this.



Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:57 pm
 

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

"Does he play wide receiver?" - Matt Millen



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:49 pm
 

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

Alabama should be penalized by the NCAA. They actually diagnosed the kid with a torn ACL and had him play regardless???

Talk about treating guys like racehorses - run them into the ground then turn 'em to glue when they can't run anymore!!!

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.



Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:46 pm
 

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

Here we have a college student athlete who risks his entire playing career by playing on a torn ACL.

While Tony Romo is made out to be Iron Man/the bees knees/the real deal Navy Seal all because he's making millions of dollars and plays with a rib injury.

Kudos to this kid!



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:39 pm
 

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

That guy is a badass and I want him front and center to bring the bucs D back to it's glory!!!



Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:06 pm
 

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

This guy is a beast; that kind of crazy effort and dedication is priceless from a pro athlete! It's not like he was complaining about it all season, either. Being an Auburn student, it's safe to say that I have no love for Bama. However, this is one dude who I'd have been proud to have playing for us.



Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:01 pm
 

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

"I couldn't even screw up that draft pick."  -Matt Millen



Since: Dec 9, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:46 pm
 

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

Guy you build a team around. Any team with character issues should line up to draft him



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:24 pm
 

Tide NT Chapman played 7 games with torn ACL

Naysayers can talk all they want but that's as tough as you can be and true dedication to your school and teammates. Hope the NFL GM's realize it. Great stuff!



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