A senior football player had just undergone surgery to repair a torn meniscus. It was a year during which he wanted to prove something after fracturing his femur in his junior season. He really wanted to show colleges that he could play at the next level. But when injured again, he did not think he was ever going to play again. Somehow that senior worked hard enough, and with some help, found a way to play college football and currently finds himself about to play in the National Football League.
That senior, Haason Reddick, took an unconventional path to get to where he is today. It is a path that has set him up to have what he loves to do become his profession. He will be a professional football player.
Reddick played high school football at Haddon Heights High School, where he was a safety and a running back. His junior season was cut short after he fractured his femur. Determined to come back, Reddick rehabbed his knee and started preparing for a major senior season. Then during preseason practices, he tore the meniscus in his knee.
“When I first tore it, I was still able to play on it,” Reddick said. He went on to play for three games. However, something did not feel right with his knee, and he went to get it checked out again.
“While playing on it, it got worse, and the tear was becoming larger. I went to the doctor, and he told me that the damage to the meniscus was getting worse, and if I continue that, I may not be able to run in my later years. I had to think about it and what I was going to do.”
Reddick decided to get the surgery, meaning that he would not be able to come back and finish the rest of the season.
“At the time when I made the decision to get surgery, reality had not set in yet. After getting the surgery, I had to be pushed to my mother’s car. That was when I realized I could not walk on my own, and that is when reality set in. I knew how crucial my senior year was. Because I had gotten hurt my junior year and didn’t play any games, I knew my senior year was important. After playing three games and knowing that I would not have enough time to show what I was able to do, I was hurt.”
Thinking that his football days were done, he was upset about the thought of not playing football ever again.
Read the Full Version of “The Unstoppable Hasson Reddick” in the Spring 2017 Coach & Player Magazine Digital Edition.