Two years after car crash, Chad Jones at Giants’ workouts

AP

Two years ago, LSU safety Chad Jones was the third-round pick of the Giants in the NFL draft. But shortly after he was drafted, he was injured so badly in a car crash that it looked like he’d never play in the NFL.

Jones, however, has continued working and rehabilitating his serious leg injury, and Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger reports that Jones was outside running today at the team’s workout session. These are the first activities Jones has been able to participate in with his Giants teammates since that accident.

Before the Giants’ workouts, Jones told Newsday that people are going to be impressed with what kind of shape he’s in.

I’m definitely going up there to show what I can do,” Jones said. “I’m looking forward to being able to participate and show that I can still move around with the guys and I’m looking forward to it just to show them. Even if it’s two or three reps to show that I can still do it and I still have it in me.”

Anything Jones can do on a football field represents incredible progress.

34 responses to “Two years after car crash, Chad Jones at Giants’ workouts

  1. Jones was a good talented safety coming out of college, would be a nice addition if he can actually contribute on the field this year. Best of luck to him!

  2. @zaggs

    Drew Brees spent how much of HIS OWN money on lockout practices? He just wants to be paid like the other elite quarterbacks in the league. I’m sure you want to be paid accordingly in your job too, right?

  3. I can see the giants using him like Deon grant…if he can be what they drafted him for before the injury…they play with 3 safeties he’ll be the 3rd

  4. I’m a Giants fan, I hate Drew Brees and the Saints, but is it necessary for people to comment on Drew Brees in every article?

    Let the man fight for his money. If we were in his position we would be doing the same.

  5. Zags are you kidding?

    Chad Jones has medical bills and whatnot to pay. And a life to live. It is about the money.

    Brees wants to be paid what he’s worth. Shut up like you would leave money on the table in any situation. Are you kidding me?

  6. Considering how severe the injury was and there being a chance that he might never walk again, let alone practice/play, why did the Giants use a draft pick on him rather than just sign him as a free agent?

    Not trying to be nasty or say he doesn’t deserve a shot, just wondering?

  7. agelardi- have you graduated from middle school yet, or do you just need to brush up on your reading comprehension?

  8. In response to the comment above.
    He wasn’t in the accident until after the Giants drafted him.
    At the time of the accident they thought he might lose his leg. If he can come back and contribute at all on the field it will be the story of the year.

  9. agelardi says:Apr 17, 2012 4:55 PM

    Considering how severe the injury was and there being a chance that he might never walk again, let alone practice/play, why did the Giants use a draft pick on him rather than just sign him as a free agent?

    Read the first paragraph again……….

  10. @zaggs…. I hate to do this here in the comment section of a feel-good story, but all guys like Brees want is “fair market value” for their services. I’ll tell you what… If you and I both worked for PFT. I make 100,000 and you make 75,000. Now your contract is up and they offer you a 1 year contract of 85,000. Are you telling me that you don’t try and negotiate? C’mon now.

  11. This kid is a 100% total winner.

    If I’m remembering this correctly, he helped his college win a national championship in football, then another national championship in baseball. Now he’s come back from almost having his leg amputated.

    Did I mention that he’s a winner?

  12. giants4life says:
    Apr 17, 2012 5:11 PM
    In response to the comment above.
    He wasn’t in the accident until after the Giants drafted him.
    At the time of the accident they thought he might lose his leg. If he can come back and contribute at all on the field it will be the story of the year.
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    It’s fantastic that he’s worked this hard and gotten this far. Very inspirational. If he can play and contribute, I think he should be a lock for comeback player. However, the lazy media will probably vote for Peyton regardless of what any other player does, which is sad.

  13. I remember a few summers ago reading PFT about how this dude was maybe going to lose his leg or his life. Amazing that he can come back from that. God bless.

    -a classless Jets fan.

  14. Agelardi..the giants drafted him before he was in the car accident…..only the raiders would do something that foolish.If I recall chad was good value in the 3rd round and Jerry Reese is definitely one of the top GMs in the league ..to have come back from that accident is a testament to his determination and love of the game..BTW the giants let him keep his signing bonus which was about 800K…

  15. giantsfaninmia says:
    Apr 17, 2012 5:41 PM
    BTW the giants let him keep his signing bonus which was about 800K…

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    That is pure class on the giants ownerships part, im not being sarcastic, that is amazing. As a bengals fan, I dont know if mike brown let that 1 CB, weathersby or weatherspoon? keep his bonus. Anyhow, that is awesome, instead of kicking a guy while he is down they let him keep that so he could pay half his medical bills. Quite amazing, and a true story of heart!

  16. As a lifelong (since 1958 season)Giant fan I love football and what my Giants do on the field.None of which compares to the way they are compassionate to their players and others,I am just lucky I got born into the Giant family.

  17. Giants are a classy organization, they not only let him keep his bonus but he was flown to NY and had some of his surgeries. I remember reading a article that he was waiting for the lockout to end to have his final surgery because he couldn’t pay for it. In other words he was under the Giants care since the initial injury in New Orleans. Chad Jones also remained on the Giants non football injury list and was on the sideline at the Saints game. Finally, was flown out to the Super Bowl, not bad for a guy who never even played a snap for them. TRUE CLASS!

  18. Back when this happened, I said “GOD BLESS” on ESPN.com, and had a barrage of atheist nitwits attack me for it. At the time I never heard of PFT.com. I simply responded that they didn’t know what they were talking about, and even though they were insulting, ignorant and rude and I wasn,t, ESPN banned me for my remark. For wishing “GOD BLESS” to a young man who was maybe going to die? ESPN.com and their posters have absolutely no class. I was befuddled that in this day and age religious bias was a mainstay of a large corp. like ESPN. They said it violated the terms of use agreement. HUH? Saying “GOD BLESS?” I’m so glad he’s back. Hope he’s great, even though the Gmen beat my Bills in the SB. It truly is a great story. I was wondering about him while watching the SB this year.

  19. catquick says: Apr 17, 2012 10:49 PM

    “Back when this happened, I said “GOD BLESS” on ESPN.com, and had a barrage of atheist nitwits attack me for it. At the time I never heard of PFT.com. I simply responded that they didn’t know what they were talking about, and even though they were insulting, ignorant and rude and I wasn,t, ESPN banned me for my remark. For wishing “GOD BLESS” to a young man who was maybe going to die? ESPN.com and their posters have absolutely no class. I was befuddled that in this day and age religious bias was a mainstay of a large corp. like ESPN. They said it violated the terms of use agreement. HUH? Saying “GOD BLESS?” I’m so glad he’s back. Hope he’s great, even though the Gmen beat my Bills in the SB. It truly is a great story. I was wondering about him while watching the SB this year.”

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    David, is that you?

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