Tom [Giants fan] Posted May 31, 2005 Share Posted May 31, 2005 I didn't know Corey Simon did what he did for Rich Seubert on the play he had his leg broken in three places. It is at the end of this article in bold. Seubert is ready to return Tuesday, May 31, 2005 By VINNY DiTRANI STAFF WRITER For a moment it did not matter whether you were wearing blue or green. The remaining 21 players from the feuding Giants and Eagles pushed aside their intense professional dislike for personal concern over a fallen comrade. Rich Seubert, the Giants' starting left guard, was on the ground, writhing in pain. He had been blocking defensive tackle Corey Simon when his right leg accidentally was stepped on by end N.D. Kalu. Not one, not two, but three bones were broken. Everyone knew this was serious. Members of both teams began waving frantically for the Giants' medical team to tend to Seubert. The play in the first period of that Oct. 19, 2003 game at Giants Stadium was the last snap Seubert has taken. Considering the extent of the injury, many thought it was the last one the gritty lineman ever would take. Turns out, however, the white towel Seubert was waving as he was carted off the field in excruciating pain that day wasn't one of surrender. The free agent from Southern Illinois, who arguably had become the Giants' best offensive lineman at the time of the injury, never really considered his career over. He takes the next step in his improbable comeback Wednesday as the Giants begin their three-day veteran minicamp at Giants Stadium. Seubert recently was cleared by doctors to return to practice, and has participated in three of the four Organized Team Activity workouts the past two weeks. The one he missed was to attend a charity event, and not because of complications with the leg. His right leg is as good as his left leg, doctors say. His last surgery was the week after Thanksgiving when surgeons repaired a tendon in his big toe that had kept him from pushing off on the right foot. His progress hastened after that procedure. "Physically I've been able to do everything," Seubert said of his work in the OTAs. "It was great to get back on the field, but now I'm looking forward to the minicamp when we can get things going a little more." Seubert won't put the pads on again until training camp starts at the end of July. He knows that will be the final test as to whether he can resume his career. "I can't wait to hit somebody again," said the 305-pounder who insists he's had few difficulties returning to the drills under coaching supervision that form the OTA practices. "You really never forget your techniques or footwork," he said. "It's just a matter of getting back in the saddle." Few would blame Seubert for taking a "Why me?" attitude after being knocked out of his saddle. He had fought his way from an unheralded free agent to an established starter (22 straight games). Now he finds David Diehl and Chris Snee entrenched as the starting guards. He also had signed a lucrative contract, some of which he renegotiated back so he could continue his comeback without being a salary cap problem. "I don't look at it like that," he said. "Life is always full of obstacles, but I figure it could have been a lot worse. I broke my leg, but I could have torn up my knee. "And the Giants have been good to me. They've given me time. They kept me around last year because they knew I would do everything I could to become the player I was." "He's just a tough, tough competitor," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said of why the Giants have stuck with the injured player. Seubert, having come this far, prefers to look ahead rather than back. Yet he concedes he often thinks about the play. "It was '35 fire-zone,' and I was blocking Corey Simon when my leg got stepped on," he recalled. "I knew right away it was broken, and he [simon] knew it, too. He let up and helped me from falling. I'll always remember that." Simon also helped lift Seubert's stretcher onto the cart for his removal from the field, an unusual act by an opposing player. "It's always been a part of football. We players are like a fraternity in that way," Simon said after that game. "We all run the same risks." That's why Seubert will have a lot of people rooting for him as he pens his comeback story. http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkxMjAmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTY3MDEwNjcmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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