During his time with the Chicago Bears, wide receiver Johnny
Knox showed flashes of a dynamic wide receiver with big-play capability.
However, following a devastating hit in December of 2011 and after undergoing
an arduous rehab process, Knox has said that his playing career is over.
In talking with Sean Jensen of The Chicago Sun-Times, Knox
admitted that this is a “hard pill to swallow,” but added it’s best for him to
“As an athlete, you don’t want to give up, you want to keep
on fighting. That’s how I’ve always been,” Knox says. “But it’s been on my
heart for a while. I know how my body feels, and I know I’m not going to be the
same and perform at the ability that I used to. So I’m moving on and going
Knox suffered what would end up being a career-ending back
injury in December of 2011 during a contest against the Seattle Seahawks. He
had spinal fusion surgery the next day which sidelined him through all of last
There was hope that Knox would be able to make a recovery to
the point where he could return to football, but even after rehabbing he
continues to walk with a limp and has trouble standing comfortably. He told
Jensen that the only time he’s truly comfortable is when he’s lying down.
It’s an extremely sad story, but Knox is thankful that he
can still have a relatively normal life. He said he was “centimeters away from
being paralyzed.” His story certainly puts this game we all love into
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