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Earl Thomas thought career was over after broken leg

AP

It wasn’t just the trauma of a broken leg that made Seahawks safety Earl Thomas tweet about retirement.

He honestly didn’t know at the moment if he’d be able to come back.

Thomas said during an interview on 710 ESPN that it took him time to realize he could get back to his old form.

“It’s very different, especially it’s my foundation, my legs,” Thomas said. “I’m a speedster. So when I initially broke it, I’m like, ‘Dang, my career’s over with.’ That’s why I sent the tweet out. Obviously I was very disappointed. I felt like I was having the best year of my career. But as you go through it, you learn, you understand that you can bounce back. And that’s where I’m at at this point.”

Thomas didn’t need surgery to repair the damage, and did some limited work during OTAs. The Seahawks are confident he’ll be ready for the start of training camp.

The time away also made Thomas realize his appreciation for the game.

“It just makes me feel complete,” he said of returning to football. “I’m a master at this thing. This is what I love to do so I’m happy to be doing it.”

The difference in the Seahawks defense without him last year was apparent, as they were vulnerable over the last month without him. Opposing quarterbacks threw for 12 touchdowns and one interception, and posted a 100.3 passer rating when he wasn’t on the field.

So the need is apparent, and Thomas sounds like a guy who needs to be there.

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14 Responses to “Earl Thomas thought career was over after broken leg”
  1. sire703 says: Jun 13, 2017 1:37 PM

    Glad he’s back. Such a dynamic player.

  2. Della Street says: Jun 13, 2017 2:05 PM

    Drama Queen.

  3. redlikethepig says: Jun 13, 2017 2:08 PM

    But now he’s back at 100% … completely recovered … like every other player who was seriously injured.

  4. trubroncfan07 says: Jun 13, 2017 2:13 PM

    Guy is a stud for sure, hopefully he can stay healthy.

  5. gerard33 says: Jun 13, 2017 2:23 PM

    He’s been compared to Eric berry often, but obviously there’s no comparison between those 2 guys when it comes to responding to adversity, let’s just leave it at that.

  6. aj66shanghai says: Jun 13, 2017 2:26 PM

    Amazing how important he is to their defense. 4 years straight #1 in points allowed, was looking to be a fifth before he went down. Even had he remained uninjured it would have been real difficult to keep pace with the Patriots down the stretch, my point is just that there is a big droppoff when he isn’t there to cover for everyone else.

  7. nwsuccess says: Jun 13, 2017 2:44 PM

    He’s a stud and a stand-up guy. Anyone that speaks negatively towards his character is simply a hater.

  8. irsaysneedle says: Jun 13, 2017 2:44 PM

    he would have been exposed by TB12 in the SB anyway…again

  9. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jun 13, 2017 4:26 PM

    He’ll be a Patriot next season. Seattle is imploding.

  10. Drunk Uncle says: Jun 13, 2017 7:48 PM

    He’s back, just in time to hold out for a new contract! Overpaid and overrated!

  11. brady2gronktd says: Jun 13, 2017 9:21 PM

    Great player!

  12. kamthechancellor says: Jun 13, 2017 9:51 PM

    Carson Palmer will throw him and interception when they meet week #10…if old man Palmer can make it that far.
    #Fraudinals #CellarBound

  13. kamthechancellor says: Jun 13, 2017 9:52 PM

    #Spellcheck

  14. omeimontis says: Jun 15, 2017 9:48 AM

    Legion of boom without Earl Thomas became the Legion of boob

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