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Leonard Weaver still has a long way to go after 2010 injury

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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.

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33 Responses to “Leonard Weaver still has a long way to go after 2010 injury”
  1. jenniferxxx says: Feb 22, 2012 7:27 AM

    His return will make the Eagles a lock for the championship this year … as usual.

  2. jd75eagles says: Feb 22, 2012 7:31 AM

    What a shame, I had a chance to meet Leonard at camp that year right before the injury. Me and a friend of mine had our daughters with us. Leonard was such a nice guy. My daughter said he is my favorite player after we were done talking. Will cherish that picture forever.
    This was a “Good Guy” of football, on the field and off. Good luck to you Leonard!

  3. sjoyner59 says: Feb 22, 2012 7:38 AM

    I will never forget that,It was a nasty looking injury the way his knee bent….best of luck to him as he was a popular player here but its going to be tuff to ever play again

  4. mhalt99 says: Feb 22, 2012 7:44 AM

    Fullbacks are mostly unheralded, even when they are all pro. Mr. Weaver was on his way to becoming a breakout star at the position ala Larry Centers. Such a shame. Thank you for the memories Mr. Weaver and I hope against hope that you will be the comeback player of the year at some point.

    Oh and jenniferxxx – wrong green team. the Jets are the lock every year, the eagles are just a dog trying to get a bone. Rex’s dad was the head coach there so you are somewhat close…….just a few miles up 95

  5. cleverbob says: Feb 22, 2012 7:47 AM

    Damn shame. Hopefully he’s been smart with his money…

  6. t16rich says: Feb 22, 2012 7:48 AM

    Leonard is the man. Class act. Any Seahawks or Eagles fans not like this guy? I doubt it, he worked as hard as anyone.

  7. majbobby says: Feb 22, 2012 7:51 AM

    And this is why I have NO ISSUE with players trying to get their money as soon as possible.

  8. eaglesw00t says: Feb 22, 2012 7:56 AM

    jenniferxxx says:
    Feb 22, 2012 7:27 AM
    His return will make the Eagles a lock for the championship this year … as usual.

    —————————————–

    You’re an idiot.

    Leonard Weaver is a fantastic man. He is very charitable. Does tons for the community. One of the most fan friendly guys you could ever meet.

    He is far and away, one of the nicest athletes you could ever ask to have on your team. I feel terrible for his injury. He was coming off of a fantastic season. His loss hurts.

  9. igglesfan13 says: Feb 22, 2012 8:01 AM

    What a shame for such a good guy. I saw that injury and I could feel it. I knew he would be out for a while but I was hoping it wasn’t career ending. Best of luck to you LW!! I so hope you wear an Eagles uniform again!!

  10. purplengold says: Feb 22, 2012 8:15 AM

    I wonder if a shoe can be designed with a cleat plate that will separate from the shoe given an impact at the legs that’s strong enough to break a bone, much in the same way that a ski boot separates from the ski when the binding releases. Thanks,

    Joe Thiesman

  11. baldeaglejohnie says: Feb 22, 2012 8:19 AM

    that sucked he was really a great FB for us and he has the terrible knee injury. Good Luck Leonard! pulling for you no matter if you play for the Eags again or not.

  12. areyesrn says: Feb 22, 2012 8:46 AM

    He’s such a class act. I feel so bad that this happened to him…

  13. themonkeyman says: Feb 22, 2012 8:53 AM

    eaglesw00t says:
    Feb 22, 2012 7:56 AM
    jenniferxxx says:
    Feb 22, 2012 7:27 AM
    His return will make the Eagles a lock for the championship this year … as usual.

    —————————————–

    You’re an idiot.

    Leonard Weaver is a fantastic man. He is very charitable. Does tons for the community. One of the most fan friendly guys you could ever meet.

    He is far and away, one of the nicest athletes you could ever ask to have on your team. I feel terrible for his injury. He was coming off of a fantastic season. His loss hurts.
    ——————————————-
    Unless it’s an opposing player down on the turf for 10 minutes & taken off on a body board with the risk of a spinal injury. While that player lay motionless, the crowd at the Vet cheered for 10 straight minutes!

    Funny how when it’s an Eagle getting hurt anyone that is less than sad about it are idiots but cheering someone from an opposing teams non movement for over 10 minutes is something to celebrate. And Filthy fans wonder why they have the rep they do.

  14. bleed4philly says: Feb 22, 2012 8:59 AM

    Hate the packers, same thing happened to cunningham 20 years ago, but there was no Tom Brady rule back then, so no penalty or compensation, it ruined our best shot at a superbowl. Best defense in NFL history and Randall was coming off an MVP season. And Bryce paup had to end it all week 1. Then later they took Reggie White from us. Did I mention I hate the packers? Atleast we gave Lombardi his only championship loss back in 1960, thx to Norm, Tommy, and Chucky.

  15. eljefe9 says: Feb 22, 2012 9:35 AM

    That is such a shame. Love Weaver and wish him the best.

  16. flyerscup2010 says: Feb 22, 2012 9:35 AM

    dude is a class act despite his slavery comment during the lockout. it’s really unfortunate considering he is such a great guy, let alone the fact that he was one of the top 5 fullbacks in the league at the time of the injury.

  17. turk2875 says: Feb 22, 2012 9:40 AM

    I remember watching that game and seeing the play live I didn’t see anything but Weaver on the ground holding his knee. Than you can see DeSean Jackson kneel down in anguish at what he saw, than you could here the “oooooooohs” from the crowd. And that’s when I changed the channel because I can’t stand gruesomeness like that. Best of luck to you Mr. Weaver, you were Philly’s first true FB since John Ritchie short stint.

  18. oldbyrd says: Feb 22, 2012 9:46 AM

    Weaver is a terrific human being. Not to mention what he bought to the Birds. Just get well Len

  19. cliffordc05 says: Feb 22, 2012 9:49 AM

    Leonard Weaver was on his way to being a breakout star in Seattle and had a great reputation off the field. He was a Holmgren favorite. Tim Ruskell let him go in an act of utter incompetence, personal spite, or both.

    I think he had the longest run from scrimmage in his last year as a Seahawk. It is a shame that his career was cut short and I wish him the best in his future endeavors. I can’t say the same for Tim Ruskell.

  20. inthearex says: Feb 22, 2012 10:19 AM

    In other eagles related news, your organization has never won a super bowl.

  21. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 22, 2012 10:38 AM

    themonkeyman- that reminds me… Yay! Mike Irvin down!

  22. jbcommonsense says: Feb 22, 2012 10:44 AM

    Sad. I hope he surprises us all and is able to come back next year [and I’m a Redskins fan].

  23. mikeyfresh25 says: Feb 22, 2012 10:46 AM

    This guy was one of the rare blocking, receiving, and running fullbacks…. Such a shame, but hope he gets at least a shot at a training camp… this guy was the man.

  24. raiderstotheship says: Feb 22, 2012 11:01 AM

    I feel for him, he seems like a truly good guy, but the good thing for him is if he can even make it to 3/4 what he was he can come back to the nfl.. not to many good FBs around.

  25. cleverbob says: Feb 22, 2012 11:02 AM

    themonkeyman says:
    Feb 22, 2012 8:53 AM
    ——————————————-
    Unless it’s an opposing player down on the turf for 10 minutes & taken off on a body board with the risk of a spinal injury. While that player lay motionless, the crowd at the Vet cheered for 10 straight minutes!

    Funny how when it’s an Eagle getting hurt anyone that is less than sad about it are idiots but cheering someone from an opposing teams non movement for over 10 minutes is something to celebrate. And Filthy fans wonder why they have the rep they do.
    ====================================

    Because all Philadelphia fans agree with the actions of that small collection of neanderthals on that day over a decade ago…

    I suppose all 49ers fans enjoy shooting opposing fans. Or all Giants fans like to vandalize and destroy cars like the 30 people that were arrested for doing so during the ticker tape parade.

  26. mhalt99 says: Feb 22, 2012 11:05 AM

    themonkeyman says:

    Yes, Eagles fans cheered when Michael Irvin went down and lay motionless. He played for a bitter rival and tore the heart out of Eagles fans on numerous occasions, which of course IS NO excuse to cheer for or hope for an injury under any circumstances, especially one that could potentially be so horrible. It is a black on eye on the fanbase. Booing and playfully throwing snowballs at Santa Claus is one thing, cheering when a player is motionless is another.

    One problem with your snide comment is that the fans on this page were not just Eagles fans and many young Eagle fans know Troy Aikman as an announcer and have no idea who Irvin even is.

    The Second problem with your comment is that multiple posts are talking about how great of a man Mr. Weaver was and what an example of outstanding character and leadership he is/was. There are no stories of hookers and eight balls of cocaine in the man’s past.

    Why would you tarnish this comment thread? There are plenty of places to bash Eagle fans. Bringing up “filthy fans” here, about a good man who may never play a down again makes you no better than the fans who cheered when Mr. Irvin went down with his injury. In fact it makes you worse – at the very least they were in the heat of the moment, had way too much to drink and had no idea how serious the injury was at the time. For all they knew he was a second away from popping up and being fine, just as the WR character in the popular movie at the time – Jerry Macquire did (movies put things in people’s heads). Again it doesn’t make them much better than you, but, knowing the situation, not being drunk and no heat of any moment, it does make you worse.

  27. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 22, 2012 11:22 AM

    Weaver was literally one of our best offensive weapons, just too seldom used, imo. Was pretty young too, would’ve been around for a while- really hope he can make it back, but it’s not looking good. Sad.

  28. newagerocker says: Feb 22, 2012 11:41 AM

    Leonard was my favorite Eagles player. They really could have used his positive leadership last season. I was at the game when he got hurt and you knew his career was probably over when it happened, it was that bad. No matter what happens I’m a Leonard Weaver fan. He’s a good dude.

  29. nineroutsider says: Feb 22, 2012 11:42 AM

    As a 9er fan, I remember Weaver more as Seahawk than an Eagle. I hate to hear this about any guy, no matter what team he was on. I remember one game where Weaver made 2 huge catches that went for long touchdowns and I was blown away that a fullback could make those types of plays. That’s how I learned about Weaver, he was a beast of a FB! Best of luck and hope you find your way back into the NFL, but at the very least hope you can get pain free.

  30. blutbaddenbill says: Feb 22, 2012 11:56 AM

    i’ll be praying and thinking of this young man and hoping he gets back.

  31. hawkfan50 says: Feb 22, 2012 2:25 PM

    The Church Bus , that’s what we called him in Seattle . He was a huge fan favorite – hated to see him go . Holmgren loved the guy ; he’d sing church hymns during practice and liked to laugh a lot …

    Get better Len , take care of that leg .

  32. fmwarner says: Feb 22, 2012 2:30 PM

    Leonard Weaver was one of my favorite players. You don’t see many fullbacks with a skill set as versatile as his, and you don’t see very many players who are as good a guy. You rarely see both. Even if he never plays again, I’m sure his work ethic will serve him well in his future endeavors.

  33. juliusanonymous says: Feb 22, 2012 3:11 PM

    Seattle fan here. Leonard Weaver was a great Seahawk, still can’t believe that Ruskell let him go (what a complete jackass). Weaver was a fan favorite in Seattle, and we were all bummed to see him go to Philly. I just hoped he would have an awesome career and was thrilled to see him doing so well for the Eagles. This news just breaks my heart.

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