If You Ever Questioned Brian Price …September 16th, 2011
Joe’s written multiple times about Brian Price’s extraordinary recovery from a heinous series of hamstring/surgeries that are even painful to write about.
Now Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times brings it all home in an excellent feature story. Joe doesn’t want to spoil it for you, but here’s a paragraph.
“This guy has been in pain for literally a year,” Toriscelli said. “I’m not talking about just mild discomfort. I’m talking about driving home he’s got to sit on those bones, laying in bed, you just can’t get away from it. Certainly trying to play professional football … it’s just an absolutely remarkable thing, and a compliment to his drive and motivation. He is a very special person, I can tell you that.”
Yesterday, Price told the local beat scribes that he currently is playing at “60, 65 percent.” Yet he still made a powerful tackle for a loss against Detroit and earned the starting nod for Sunday’s Vikings-Bucs game.
Joe starting to wonder what kind of manbeast Price will be when he hits 95 percent, drops more weight and gets more game experience. At 22 years old, he’s got youth on his side, but Joe suspects we won’t see what Price can really be until 2012.