The NFL career of Philadelphia Eagles fullback Leonard Weaver tragically ended against the Green Bay Packers in the 2010 season opener when Weaver suffered one of the most gruesome injuries in league history.
On his first carry of the season, the reigning All-Pro suffered a brutally torn left ACL. He also suffered a torn posterior lateral corner of his left knee, and nerve damage in his left foot. In fact, Weaver described the pain as worse than being shot.
“That was the worst pain I’ve ever felt,” he said. “I’ve never been shot, but I’ll tell you what, it had to be worse. It was just all up and down my leg, up and down my back, this burning sensation. It was like somebody lit a match and it went all over my body, and it just continued. It was crazy.”
More than two and a half years later, Weaver still can’t move his foot the way he used to be able to.
As a result, the now 29-year old fullback has given up an opportunity at returning to the sport he knows and loves… at least, as a player.
Weaver plans to return as a broadcaster.
From June 18 to June 21 of last month, Weaver worked on his analyst and broadcasting skills with 22 other former and current NFL players at the sixth annual Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films in Mount Laurel.
“I’m glad I got accepted into this program,” Weaver said. “Doing TV is by far the toughest. When you play in front of 70,000 [people], you don’t really see the fans. But here, you see every producer.”
Although Weaver knows that he still has work to do before he is ready to become an analyst, it would certainly be enjoyable to watch one of the more underrated Eagles of the past few seasons return to the sport he loves–even if it’s not as a player.
This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for Eagles Central and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.