Will Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro LT Jason Peters Really 'Hang the Helmet Up' if Struggling in Return?

By Joe Doris
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As Philadelphia Eagles bonafide star LT Jason Peters continues his triumphant return from a twice-torn Achilles, the perennial Pro Bowler has all the confidence in the world that he will immediately return to his elite level of play in 2013.

Brand new Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland and starting guard Evan Mathis have both stated that Peters looks like he never even suffered an Achilles injury because of the strength he is showing. Despite recent absences from organized team activities (OTAs) and practices, all reports regarding Peters’ rehab from his torn Achilles have been positive and optimistic.

But what if Peters doesn’t return to glory?

What if his mangled leg doesn’t hold up? Or what if the vet underestimated a realistic recovery time?

Well, if Peters doesn’t show us his extraordinary All-Pro talent right away in 2013, then the man himself says that he plans to call it quits and walk away from football.

“The injury didn’t set me back at all. I’m out there, and I am going to play just like I have been playing,” said Peters. “If not, I’ll just hang the helmet up.”

But rest assured Eagles’ fans; Peters will not be giving up the game he loves just yet. This is because I have no doubt that he will return to his dominant form in 2013, and remain at the same, elite level for the remainder of his professional career. With nine NFL seasons (four-time All-Pro, five-time Pro Bowler) already under his gargantuan belt, I have no doubt that Peters has at least five more years of solid, competitive football left in him.

Eagles’ fans should be in for a serious treat in 2013, as the Birds’ offensive line looks to be one of the league’s elite units with the return of Peters, C Jason Kelce and RG Todd Herremans, and the massive addition of fourth-overall draft pick, RT Lane Johnson.


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