Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn released a story on “The Players’ Tribune” Friday about his struggle to come back from injury and how he contemplated retirement at the end of last season.
Clayborn, in his third year with the Falcons and seventh in the NFL, has played in all 16 games this season for the Falcons— starting two— and recorded 9.5 sacks, 17 tackles, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one touchdown.
In his story “It’s Good to Be Back,” Clayborn recounts the Falcons’ matchup with the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Round last season when he tore his bicep.
“I had been down that road before — a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus in 2012; a torn right bicep in 2014; the torn MCL and meniscus in 2016. And let me tell you something: Rehab sucks,” the former Iowa defensive end wrote. “I didn’t think I wanted to go through that again. I decided I’d rather just hang it up. I was ready to retire.”
More on Clayborn’s struggle with Erb’s Palsy and his decision to rehab his bicep and come back for the 2017 season can be read on The Players’ Tribune’s official website.