Defensive back Damarious Randall is feeling ready for a career defining season with Green Bay now that he's back to 100% health.
2016 is a season Randall would like to forget. Injuries were the rule rather than the exception, and he missed five games due to a groin injury that required surgery to correct. Since getting hurt there has been a lot of speculation about his future and potential in the NFL.
Randall spoke with ESPN regarding last season, his health, and expectations for this year.
"I was hurt. But last year is last year. Obviously moving forward, I am healthy and hopefully I’m going to stay healthy," Randall said.
"People are going to see why the Packers believe in me and why they kept putting me out there," Randall insisted, eager to show he has something to prove to his doubters. "My game is going to speak for itself. If I come back and be an All-Pro guy, a Pro Bowler, then people are going to say, ‘Ohhhhh, it was the injuries’ and this and that. But I’m just going to let them talk."
He also admitted that his injuries heavily affected his game last year, essentially having him playing scared. "I mean, I didn’t want to tackle nobody. Because I was afraid to tweak it, pull it, hurt it again," Randall admitted. "But we were low on numbers, so I had to do what I had to do to play in the games."
He's healthy, focused, and has a bit of a chip on his shoulder, which could mean great things for Green Bay this season.
“For me, it’s just getting back to playing football. I’m not injured no more, so it feels good to be healthy," Randall said. "Obviously people know how I play whenever I am healthy and ready to go."
Source: Jason Wilde - ESPN.com · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS