Arian Foster considered retiring following last season’s injury
Last season, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster had a rough season. During the Texans’ week nine match-up against the Indianapolis Colts, Foster hurt his back and would miss the rest of the season. Foster underwent surgery during the off-season and will be ready to start week one. While Foster may be healthy and ready for the 2014 season, he admitted to ESPN’s Hannah Storm that his injury last year was very scary.
“It is scary. Because you don’t know what it is, especially with a back. A spine injury. You can be paralyzed, that’ll change the course of your life forever. Those are the kinds of thoughts that run through your head.”
Foster later admitted that he considered retiring after the injury last season.
“Any time an athlete goes through an injury like that — a back, a neck, even knees or hips, something that puts you out for the entire season — you kind of re-evaluate your life. You see what’s really important. Is getting paralyzed more important than playing with your grand kids when you’re 50, 60 years old. People die on the football field. This is a really brutal sport. Going through an injury like that, being 27 years old, I’m young, still I’m at the prime of my career. Is it worth it to try to come back? “
With the news today that New York Giants running back David Wilson was advised to never play football again, Foster is spot on about the danger of injuries. While all injuries can permanently change your life, neck, spine and back injuries are incredibly dangerous and can leave a person paralyzed in an instant.
Hopefully, Foster can stay healthy throughout the 2014 season and return to his former self.