This season has been one of comebacks for the New York Giants, who started (0-6), and have comeback within a game and a half out of first place in the NFC East. The Giants have won four straight games, and as they try to continue a comeback season, there is one player who is having quite a comeback season of his own, and that is cornerback Terrell Thomas, who made his return this season after a third ACL tear in his right knee.
Terrell Thomas has had multiple surgeries on his ACL in the past few years, and each surgery was on the same right knee. Thomas first tore his ACL when he played college at USC, he was drafted by the Giants in the second round 63rd overall in 2008. In 2010 Thomas had a tremendous season with 101 tackles, four forced fumbles, and five interceptions in what was a Pro-Bowl snub year. Then Thomas tore his ACL August 22, 2011 and missed the entire 2011 season before coming back for the 2012 season. After his ACL tear in 2011, he tore his ACL for the third time in training camp in 2012 and was forced to miss the season again.
Now Thomas is back from injury, healthy, and he is looking to save his career in the NFL. Some players barely make it back after one ACL tear, Thomas is coming back from three in his lifetime. So far this season he has done nothing but impress his coaches, teammates, and fans with the way he has been preforming.
With injuries to Corey Webster and Aaron Ross over the course of the season, Thomas has had to step up for the Giants. Through 10 games this season he has 41 tackles, one forced fumble, and one interception. He also had 11 tackles in the last game against Philadelphia, and that earned him defensive player of the week honors.
The hard work and dedication that Terrell Thomas had to put in was tremendous, and his hard work will hopefully pay off down the road. The Giants have six games left, and Thomas will have ample opportunity to polish his stats on the year. He is playing for a contract after singing a one year deal in the offseason. Thomas knows that he was on his way to big money and a long term deal before he got injured. Now he is playing to keep his NFL career alive, and wants to show teams he can still play at a high level.
This season will probably not end in a Pro Bowl for Terrell Thomas, but it can end with a good comeback season, and maybe he can ink a deal with a team for some mid tier money and a few years. Some teams may be reluctant to sign a player who has had three ACL tears, but if Thomas finishes the season strong, he might be able to eliminate any doubt about how well he can play.
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