After Nightmarish Crash, Safety's N.F.L. Dream Lives On

The New York Times—November 27, 2011

When the New York Giants march onto the Superdome field on Monday night to play the New Orleans Saints, Chad Jones will run out with them. Jones will be wearing his Giants uniform; he will be on the sideline. He will do everything except play.

This is not how Jones, a Louisiana State safety who was a third-round draft pick by the Giants in 2010, had envisioned his debut in a professional uniform.

Jones, 23, continues to rehabilitate from a devastating car accident in June 2010 that he barely survived.

His lower left leg was crushed. The tibia and fibula were shattered.

Jones spent a month on his back at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan while doctors put his leg back together.

At Hospital for Special Surgery, Jones was under the care of Dr. David Helfet, the director of orthopedic trauma service.
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