In a growing trend in sports today, elite athletes have been fighting through knee injuries. It seems like every day, a new top athlete has suffered a season-ending ACL tear — and it’s heartbreaking every time. In recent events, Derrick Rose has been the topic of discussion for knee injuries, but now it’s about to be Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray. It’s sad to see something so terrible happen to such a great kid.
Having torn my ACL before, I know the rehab process is long and strenuous, but in the end, it’s all worth it. While this couldn’t have come at a worse time as the Bulldogs are looking toward bowl seasons soon, the young gunslinger will have his sights set solely on rehabbing and getting ready for the NFL draft in a few months.
How should Murray be remembered? I mean, the four-year starter has been as impressive as any quarterback in Georgia history. How could you possibly remember this successful kid? For starters, you can’t even think about the fact that he hasn’t won a national title — not a fair argument. One person can’t win a title on his own.
Second, you can’t remember his unfortunate 7-4 record before his injury in the 2013 season. He faced far too many injuries of teammates and was stuck trying to put the ailing team on his back.
Lastly, you shouldn’t remember him by this devastating injury. Although this will be the last thing on many people’s minds when they talk about him, he was much more than a broken dream in his senior year. The how should you remember him?
How about the fact that he led the SEC in passing all-time. He passed for over 13,000 yards and 121 touchdowns in his career at Georgia. He became the best quarterback in school history and led the Bulldogs to a 35-17 record including two conference division titles — and two 10-plus win seasons.
This kid was a flat-out playmaker — and still will be at the next level. Don’t think he won’t succeed in NFL.
He has all the tools to become a successful professional quarterback. He has accuracy, field vision and a strong leadership ability.
Thanks for letting us all watch great football with you at quarterback, Aaron.