Over the past month and a half, Jared Leaf had more important things to worry about. Now, however, he’s gotten to the point where he can actually contemplate a return to the game he loves.
In late April, the San Jose State linebacker suffered second-degree burns escaping a fire at his apartment. Leaf was hospitalized for 40 days, part of the time in a medically-induced coma while also enduring a series of painful skin grafts.
In his first public comments since the fire, Leaf said that running through “a wall of fire” caused “the worst pain” he had ever experienced. Leaf did, though, state that he hopes to play football for the Spartans this season, even as his skin is still to sensitive for the kind of contact involved in college football.
When a medical decision will be made on Leaf’s availability for any or all of the upcoming season won’t be made for another couple of months.
Leaf began his playing career at Hawaii before transferring to SJSU last year. After sitting out the 2013 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and prior to the fire, Leaf was expected to start for the Spartans.
Below is a video clip, provided by the university, of Leaf’s interview: