Though last year started out with a bang for Bradie Ewing when he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, it ended quickly—and sadly—with a whimper. In the Falcons’ first preseason game of 2012 against the Baltimore Ravens, Ewing suffered a torn ACL and was placed on injured reserve.
The banner season the Falcons had last year is now a page turned. Nine months have passed since Ewing’s injury. Not many diehard—much less casual—fans even take Ewing into consideration as a part of the team for the coming season since he disappeared from the radar so quickly in 2012…but they should.
In his second year with the Wisconsin Badgers, Ewing was named Academic All-Big Ten. In 2010, he added to that when he was named to ESPN’s Academic All-District in addition to Academic All-Big Ten. 2011 saw him win yet another Academic All-Big Ten honor, Special Teams Player of the Year award and an invite to the NFL Combine. Ewing’s talent and hard work contributed to his lettering all four years at Wisconsin.
But is he ready to pick up where he left off and prove he is everything the Falcons hoped he would be when they originally drafted him?
In a word, yes. Mike Cox has yet to be re-signed by the Falcons; Ewing continues to work hard to recover from the torn ACL and gain the opportunity to shine on the field. The upcoming months will dictate the story, but hopefully Ewing’s opportunity won’t again be limited to one brief preseason game.