Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond III tore up his knee and broke his leg twice, all in the past four years.
Now finally healthy, Thurmond has opened eyes with his talent at Seahawks training camp and through their first two preseason games. It’s possible that he could even supplant veteran Antoine Winfield at the nickel cornerback position once the regular season starts.
But the rehabilitation process coming back from his previous three injuries has been so gruesome for Thurmond that he would seriously consider retirement if he succumbs to another serious injury.
Thurmond sat down with the Bob and Groz show on ESPN Seattle.
“I never questioned anything about keeping [my rehab] process going… but if [another serious injury] came up then I’d be thinking about probably having to retire though, just because I don’t want to have to go through a rehab process like that again.”
Too many fans and people outside the football organizations don’t realize the time and effort that goes into a player’s rehab process. But evidently, even for a young player like Thurmond, the process can be too much to handle.
It would be a shame for a talented, young player like Thurmond to be forced to quit football because his body can’t hold up. And unfortunately, should his history of injuries continue to haunt him, that is exactly what will happen.