A year removed from wreck, Chad Jones a long ways off

It’s been one year since Chad Jones had a gruesome one-car wreck in New Orleans that nearly cost him a leg.

Now, the safety from LSU hopes to continue his football career a year from now. Yes, Jones is going to face long odds but the third-round pick by the New York Giants in 2010 has overcome quite a bit to get to where he is now, preparing to put on his own football camp for youngsters next month.

Ohn Youngmisuk of ESPN New York does a nice job detailing Jones’ journey from a 10-hour surgery immediately following the wreck to the countless procedures he’s had since on his left leg. Per the report, Jones needs at least one more surgery – maybe more – as his leg and a peroneal nerve continue to heal. He has two screws in his ankle, two screws under his kneecap and a metal rod. He’s running on the treadmill and hopes to be doing 40-yard dashes sometime this fall.

“It's never taken me six months to do anything, not one single thing,” said Jones, who was a standout baseball player at LSU too. “(But) it took me six months just to basically walk. It took me 30 minutes to take three steps when I first started rehab in the hospital. It was excruciating pain just even standing up and letting that blood flow again through my leg.

“I am definitely about 70 percent better. There was talk of me not even being able to walk again and now I am actually jogging. I've been through a long journey.”

Jones has 90 percent range of motion in his left knee and the ankle has 50 percent. Getting those issues corrected isn’t going to be easy as he plots a potential return to football. The Giants allowed Jones to keep the signing bonus he received of a little more than $825,000.

“(The anniversary) shows me where I'm at with a year's worth of progress,” Jones said. “It gives me motivation just to fight back because I almost passed away in the car and I'm just thankful for being alive for another year.”

The full story is well worth checking out.

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