Greg Jones of the Jaguars isn’t complaining about a good NFL career in which he’s made millions of dollars and been acclaimed as one of the league’s best blocking fullbacks. He does wonder, however, how much better his career might have been if he had stayed healthy.
“Yeah, I think about that sometimes when I’m working out, when I’m at home by myself,” Jones told Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.”
Jones tore his right ACL in college at Florida State and then tore his left ACL in training camp in 2006. He acknowledges that he wonders whether he’d be a featured ball carrier, and not a lead blocker, without those injuries — but he doesn’t allow himself to wonder too much.
“What if I didn’t have the second knee injury? What if I didn’t have the first? You can play that game with yourself all day, and you’ll go crazy. It is what it is. It’s life. You’ve got to take the punches, the good and the bad and just roll with it,” he said Monday, his first day of practice since a December ankle injury.
Jones was Florida State’s leading rusher at the time he blew out his knee during his junior year, and he was also the team’s leading rusher as a sophomore. If he had been healthy, he might have been an every-down running back in the NFL. But he’s not complaining.
“I know I’m tough,” Jones said. “I’ve battled through injuries in the past. If something is broken, it’s got to get fixed. That’s how I look at it.”