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After horrific accident, Chad Jones expects to play in 2012

In April of 2010, Chad Jones was a third-round draft pick of the New York Giants, ready to tackle his dream of playing in the NFL. In June of 2010, Jones was fighting for his life after a terrible car accident.

Jones survived the accident, but there was fear that he would lose his leg, and his football career appeared to be over. But Jones’ severe leg injuries have slowly but surely healed, and he’s now working out regularly back home in New Orleans, believing he’ll play in the NFL in 2012.

“There’s been a big jump in my rehab,” Jones told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I definitely see that coming to training camp [in 2012], I should be a part of the Giants. From where I was back then, I was depressed. But now I feel so much better because I can see the progress, I can feel the progress since I’m actually running and up on my feet and doing things that a normal athlete would do, or doing the things that I used to do. I’m looking forward to seeing how I’ll be in six months.”

Wednesday is Jones’s 23rd birthday, and he’s going to mark the occasion by publicly showing off how far he’s come, running a 40-yard dash on the track at a New Orleans high school. It’s not realistic to think Jones would be as fast as he was when he ran a 4.57-second 40 at the 2010 Combine, but he does believe he’s getting close.

“It’s not so much about me worrying about the time I run,” Jones said. “It’s more about me just getting out there and showing the world that there is progress, the impossible can happen. Because at first, it was impossible for me to walk. That’s what doctors said. Now I’m running and getting close to back to my full potential. And it’s a mental thing for me, also, to get back in front of a crowd again, on the field, running. Hopefully, things will turn out pretty good.”

Considering where he was 15 months ago, things have already turned out pretty well for Jones, whether or not he ever plays for the Giants.

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21 Responses to “After horrific accident, Chad Jones expects to play in 2012”
  1. 14whodey18 says: Oct 1, 2011 11:01 AM

    Good for him, hope it works out.

  2. nesuperfan says: Oct 1, 2011 11:02 AM

    Hope he makes it all the way back.

  3. cmb79 says: Oct 1, 2011 11:03 AM

    I can’t wait to see this kid on the field. Even if it’s just special teams. 🙂

  4. bluewreckingcrew says: Oct 1, 2011 11:06 AM

    What a great story. I was pumped when the Giants drafted this kid, and I’d LOVE to see them bring him back in blue.

  5. dawkinseffect says: Oct 1, 2011 11:10 AM

    Glad to hear that he is ok. He may be on the Giants, but you gotta feel for a kid who is going through this situation.

  6. axespray says: Oct 1, 2011 11:43 AM

    (rocky montage music)

    Keep up the fight kid, We’re cheering for you.

  7. nygf says: Oct 1, 2011 12:20 PM

    Man, I was very excited when we drafted him, devastated when I heard about his car accident. Now I don’t think there is a player I’m rooting for harder, and I haven’t even seen him play yet! But just reading about him, from when they thought they were gonna have to amputate his leg to all the rehab work he’s been doing basically since he’s been physically able to work out, to now having a legitimate time frame? Good stuff young man.

  8. ctiggs says: Oct 1, 2011 12:35 PM

    great story, wish him the best of luck

  9. ndomination says: Oct 1, 2011 12:47 PM

    Good to see an uplifting story this morning.

  10. clavette says: Oct 1, 2011 12:53 PM

    Been waiting to see him play for a long time.

    And to the dbag that’s thumbing down on these posts you deserve to be beaten in an alley

  11. anhdazman says: Oct 1, 2011 1:13 PM

    Definitely wish the best of luck for this young man to reach his dream.

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 1, 2011 2:52 PM

    Can’t wait to see him with the guys next year. We will definitely have the depth.

  13. philk0731 says: Oct 1, 2011 4:29 PM

    What position does this guy play?

  14. cliffleesbeard says: Oct 1, 2011 4:35 PM

    Coming from an Eagles, I wish you well.

  15. keeponhating says: Oct 1, 2011 5:06 PM

    Glad to see he didn’t give up. You can’t coach intangibles like willpower and heart

  16. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 1, 2011 5:08 PM

    He’s a SS, but he may play free in the Giants’ scheme next year.

  17. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 1, 2011 5:08 PM

    Had he been healthy, there would have been no need to go out and get Deon Grant (who has been fantastic) and bring Grant back again after we lost half our secondary to IR before the season even began.

  18. nypd1056 says: Oct 1, 2011 5:16 PM

    Great to hear about his success in rehab. Jones IS a Free Safety

  19. donterrelli says: Oct 1, 2011 11:15 PM

    Glad to hear he’s doing well. It was tough to read the original story when the accident happened.

  20. dukesanuch says: Oct 2, 2011 6:40 AM

    I was holding my breath that the Bears would grab this guy in the third round, guess the Giants knew better. Now we have Major Wright, great name, bad player. Back to back picks who didn’t work out for different reasons. Hope this guy recovers, sick baseball player too.

  21. jerseyshoregiant says: Oct 2, 2011 9:50 AM

    Giant fans haven’t forgotten about you Chad. Keep up the good work!

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