The 2009 season was the best year of fullback Leonard Weaver’s career.
Weaver rushed 70 times for 323 yards and two touchdowns, becoming a legitimate rushing threat and a fantastic complement to LeSean McCoy. He earned Pro Bowl honors and was named a First-Team All-Pro.
After the season, the 27-year old fullback signed a three-year contract worth $11 million, making him the highest paid fullback in the history of the National Football League.
Expectations were high for both Weaver and the Eagles heading into the 2010 season. But on his first carry of the 2010 season, Weaver brutally injured his knee and foot.
His injury was later revealed to be a very severe torn ACL in his left knee. He injured three ligaments in his knee. He also suffered complete nerve damage in his left foot. The injury was probably one of the most severe any NFL player has ever suffered.
The image of a helpless Weaver being carried off the field, a look of extreme anguish and pain on his face, is one that I’ll never forget.
Weaver tweeted the other day that he likely won’t be ready for the 2011 season opener but his left knee is surgically repaired and he is optimistic about the whole situation. He also said that he will return one day and he looks forward to leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl.