By now, you know the story of former LSU safety and star athlete Chad Jones. Taken in the third-round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, Jones was considered by many to the future at that position for Big Blue. Unfortunately, life had other plans as Jones was involved in a single-car accident on June 25th, 2010 that nearly cost him his life.
The Giants stuck with Jones throughout his incredible and almost mind-blowing rehab and recovery, but after failing a team physical in May of this year, he was waived. However, his drive and desire to play professional football continues, and in a short documentary produced by Union HZ, viewers can get a first-hand look at just how far he's come and how much he's had to overcome. We must warn you however, some of the footage in this video is extremely graphic and not suitable for all viewers.
Having never seen the images of Jones' leg before, it's baffling to think he was even able to keep it, let alone return to run a sub-4.90 40-yard dash. More importantly, it's amazing he was able to survive after what was undoubtedly tremendous blood loss. To think he even stands a chance of returning to the football field is a miracle in and of itself.
We at Giants 101 continue to wish him the very best of luck in his recovery, and continue to have faith that he'll get his opportunity to play in the NFL at some point – even if it's just one snap.
Always A Fire was co-directed by Jeremiah Zagar, whose previous feature-length documentary In A Dream aired on HBO and was nominated for two Emmy's, and Nathan Caswell, a commercial director best known for his work with Under Armour.
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