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Tide’s Chapman scoffs in general direction of torn ACL

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Somehow we missed this earlier in the week — temporarily blinded by genitals to the face? — but it’s more than worth being late to the party for and mentioning.

During Alabama’s run to a second BcS title in three years, Josh Chapman was an unsung stalwart in the middle of the Tide’s stifling defense.  The senior played in 12 of 13 games — the only one he missed was a Nov. 19 win over Georgia Southern — and, amazingly, played two-thirds of the season with an injury that would’ve knocked mere mortals out for six months or so.

On Tuesday, Chapman underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee.  Chapman suffered the injury in an Oct. 1 win over Florida, but decided to delay the surgery for more than three months after an MRI revealed the severity of the issue.

“Normally I can deal with pain pretty well, but after three days I needed an MRI,” Chapman said according to the Birmingham News. “Dr. (LyleCain said he’s never seen a guy that can have a torn ACL and still stay that stable. …

I didn’t really want to give up like that. I enjoyed playing. As long as it stayed right, I could play.”

While Chapman’s ability to tolerate the pain and manage the injury was certainly a boon for the Tide’s top-ranked defense, it did come with a downside for the lineman personally.  Because of the surgery, Chapman will miss the Senior Bowl as well as all miss everything but the bench press and player interviews at the Indianapolis Scouting Combine next month.

If I’m an NFL general manager, though, I don’t hold that against him.  Those eight games on one good knee would’ve proven enough to me.

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7 Responses to “Tide’s Chapman scoffs in general direction of torn ACL”
  1. bamasleeper13 says: Jan 20, 2012 8:31 AM

    WOW! Best of luck! The NFL scouts should take into account what an amazing will can do.

  2. woebegong says: Jan 20, 2012 8:38 AM

    That kid wants to play in the NFL. Don’t know of many other players that would take a chance of further injury or even play with the pain he probably did.
    Good Luck young man in your future and I wish you success at the next level.

  3. florida727 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:28 AM definition of ‘warrior’… 1) see JOSH CHAPMAN, 2)…

  4. lbijake says: Jan 20, 2012 9:38 AM

    For all the GM’s that take a workout warrior over this guy, after seeing his tapes, deserve what they gets.

  5. lemmam says: Jan 20, 2012 10:53 AM definition of ‘warrior’ – frontline American troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, etc

    tough football player = Josh Chapman

  6. normtide says: Jan 20, 2012 4:13 PM

    The Man is a Beast as well. In Bama’s 3-4 defense, the NT just eats blocks. Chapman easily made the biggest impact for the defense, you just never hear about a guy who is taking 2 blockers at a time. He did not get the lore Cody did in ’09, but he did just as good a job this year for us. He may actually be a machine.

  7. Deb says: Jan 20, 2012 6:19 PM

    Are you listening Kevin Colbert????? The way our Steelers were dropping like flies at season’s end, we need a guy who can play through pain.

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