The retirement of former New York Giants linebacker Clint Sintim continues a recent trend of injury troubles that have plagued the Giants for the past few seasons. Sintim, once the 45th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft—a prospect that was brimming with potential—leaves the NFL after finishing his career with 33 tackles and 1 sack.
Sintim saw significantly more playing time in 2010—his second NFL season. But, an ACL tear in December of 2010 ended his time on the NFL gridiron.
Sintim’s disappointing end to a once promising NFL career is a tale of injury that has plagued the Giants for the past several seasons.
In the 2008 NFL Draft, the Giants—coming off their historic upset of the undefeated New England Patriots—selected Safety Kenny Phillips in the first round. Phillips, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, experienced a Giants career that was severely bogged down by injury. More recently, Phillips experienced a 2012 season where he was battling an MCL injury.
Phillips had the potential to be an elite safety for the Giants, but injuries and the rise of Stevie Brown made him a roster casualty in 2013.
Next is the former North Carolina defensive tackle, Marvin Austin. A talented collegiate athlete with a chronicled past of off the field issues, Austin entered the Giants 2011 training camp as the second-round selection of the same year’s NFL Draft.
However, Austin never got a chance to participate in the 2011 NFL Season due to a pectoral tear that he suffered early in the Giants training camp. Austin played a limited role with the Giants in 2012; he will enter 2013 with a total of 8 tackles over the course of 2 NFL seasons.
Sintim, Austin, and Phillips are all examples of Giants prospects that have had underwhelming careers due to injury. The NFL is a business where it is particularly difficult to scout talent due to the fact that injuries are unpredictable—a reason why durability is such a huge concern when assessing NFL prospects.