Sean Spence’s career nearly came to an end before it began… nearly.
In the Pittsburgh Steelers’ fourth game of the 2014 regular season this coming weekend, one of their linebackers will be making his first ever career start. Usually this doesn’t warrant the attention the story has received, but that’s because Sean Spence’s career is a little unusual.
After he was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL selections, the Pittsburgh Steelers staff spent the next few months raving about their rookie linebacker.
Then Spence went down injured in a preseason game. The whole Pittsburgh organisation held their breath. The results came out, and they certainly weren’t good.
Spence had torn major ligaments and dislocated his knee cap. To top it off he managed to damage the nerves in his knee.
At the time, Pittsburgh linebackers coach Kevin Butler said it would take a miraculous recovery for Spence to ever step foot onto a football field.
Spence spent the next two years off the field recovering for the devastating injury, and made his return to Pittsburgh this offseason. After starting linebackers Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier both suffered injuries in the Steelers’ victory this week, Keith Butler was able to tell Sean Spence his last two years of pain have paid off.
“God is good. I’ve been through a lot of things. The tunnel was dark for me for a long time, but I stayed positive. Steeler Nation stayed behind me,” said Spence.
Now, after two long, tough years, Spence finally gets to show the NFL what he is made of. – Lachlan Brunton
Top photo taken from Andy McLemore’s Flickr photostream.