Leonard Weaver was a Pro Bowl fullback in 2009 with the Eagles, but in the first game of 2010 he suffered a gruesome knee injury that appears to have ended his career.
Weaver is still working toward recovering from that injury, but as he told Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, he isn’t even close to being able to do what an NFL fullback needs to do.
“My heart is to get back, but it’s not going to happen this season. It’s tough,” Weaver said. “As of right now, no, I can’t run like I used to,”
Weaver’s first carry of the 2010 season probably turned out to be the last carry of his career, as he planted his left foot and Packers linebacker Nick Barnett hit his left leg. Weaver’s leg went in one direction, the rest of his body went in the other direction, and everyone who saw it agreed it was a hideous injury.
“That was the worst pain I’ve ever felt. I’ve never been shot, but I’ll tell you what, it had to be worse,” Weaver said. “It was just all up and down my leg, up and down my back, this burning sensation. It was like somebody lit a match and it went all over my body, and it just continued. It was crazy. . . . I remember crying, just loud, man, asking God why. Why am I here?”
Weaver suffered a torn ACL, a torn posterolateral corner and nerve damage. He has already had three surgeries and a year and a half later he’s not all the way back. That injury likely ended his career, at age 27.