At this time last year, Adam Davis wondered if his football career was over.
The junior defensive end was at Kansas State, fresh off a transfer from Hutchinson Community College, where he was a junior college All-American and made 23 sacks in two seasons. He was the Wildcats’ top-rated juco transfer, but a slipped disk and a pinched nerve in his back put his playing future in serious jeopardy.
He underwent surgery, but when the operation was finished doctors told him it might not be wise to continue playing football. He stuck with it, though. He has gone through rehab, and is feeling stronger now. After sitting out a year with a redshirt, he’s ready to compete for playing time on the Wildcats’ defensive line.
Not long ago, David discussed both his comeback and future with K-Stated:
What did the rehab process involve?
I had to be in the whirl pool twice a day for 30 minutes, just running against currents, trying to get my back stronger and more flexible. I had a herniated disc, a slipped disc and a pinched nerve. They (doctors) cleaned the disc out so that it will grow back to be just the way it was. It was pretty painful.
That whole rehab, I couldn't really bend and stuff until my back got strong. I had to stand up straight as much as possible. Even when I slept I had to wear a thing that kept me from bending, because if I turned the wrong way it would hit my nerve and send pain down to my legs. (more…)