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Tennessee Titan Marc Mariani

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Tennessee Titan Marc Mariani believes injury recovery is on schedule

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Marc Mariani never doubted his knees. So on the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge on Tuesday night, the Titans receiver got down on one and proposed to his girlfriend. And he got a yes.

Since shattering his lower left leg in a preseason game in August, Mariani has been awaiting answers to plenty of other questions as well. So far, he’s liked what he’s seen, and heard.

“In the moment, there was a lot of frustration and nervousness and me being unsure about how things would turn out, whether I could ever come back,’’ Mariani said. “But now, eight months removed, I am feeling good and feeling healthy. I’m making progress.

“It has been a long journey, but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

A seventh-round draft pick in 2010 who became a Pro Bowler in his rookie season, Mariani suffered a compound fracture in his left leg when his tibia and fibula snapped above his ankle on August 23, 2012, during a preseason game against the Cardinals. He underwent surgery and immediately began a grueling recovery and rehabilitation process.

Along the way, he’s also received a healthy dose of encouragement from a man who suffered the same injury himself back in 1985 — former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann.

Mariani believes he’s on track to play in 2013. He began running six weeks ago, and on April 5 he put cleats on for the first time since the injury to do some change-of-direction drills. His strength and endurance is coming back, he said, although he’s still dealing with swelling, which was expected. Mariani hopes to take part in some of the team’s organized team activities in June, and he expects to be a go for training camp.

After sitting out the 2012 season, he’s as motivated as ever.

“Watching the boys play on Sundays last year was the biggest motivation I could’ve ever had because I don’t want to be in those stands until I have to be. It was hard watching,’’ Mariani said. “I feel fortunate that I am going to get an opportunity to be back out there. A lot of times, guys don’t get that realization until their career is over, when they have to watch.

“I got to watch this year and got a new perspective, and now I am really, really excited and looking forward to getting that helmet back on. I can’t wait. I don’t care how hard I get hit. I know I still have work to do, but I am looking forward to that day very much.”

Support system
In the days after Mariani suffered his injury, his phone rang plenty.

One of the calls was from Theismann, who suffered a compound fracture of his tibia and shattered fibula in his right leg, when he was sacked by Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor in 1985. It ended Theismann's career.

Mariani had plenty of questions for him, and concerns.

“I just tried to let him know it is not the end,’’ Theismann said. “There is a road ahead, a process ahead, but things were going to be fine. But it's not easy.

“The medical side of it — the doctors, the physical therapists, the trainers — can get the body going in the right direction. But there’s a mental part of it with the pitfalls and discouragement that you run into as well, and it’s tough. I just tried to help Marc with what’s ahead and what to expect. He’s been great.”

Mariani texted Theismann when he hit certain milestones in his recovery.

He called him when he had concerns.

“He has been a good buddy to have,’’ Mariani said.

On March 31, both men were watching television when Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware suffered the same gruesome injury in an Elite Eight contest. Mariani said Ware’s injury appeared to be nearly identical to the one he suffered. Like Ware, Mariani’s bones broke through the skin. Mariani had ankle tape and a sock to keep the bone from being exposed for everyone to see, however.

“That was definitely gruesome, and he’s now on the same road, a long frustrating road,’’ Mariani said of Ware. “But he’ll get tons of support and hopefully be back out there and better than ever. Unfortunately he’s now in a little club we’ve got that nobody wants to be in. I feel his pain, that’s for sure”

Theismann also has talked to Ware in recent weeks about the injury. Theismann believes the medical advancements — Mariani had a rod placed in his leg to help with recovery, and he did not — have helped significantly.

“The severity of the injury shocks you, and you constantly hear from people just how bad it was and terrible it looked,’’ he said. “What I try and let them know is, ‘Hey, you broke your leg. You can come back from it.’ I wasn’t able to come back, and I guess my age was the biggest reason for that. But these guys are young.

“With Marc, now is where the frustration comes in. You are no longer on crutches, and you are no longer in a cast. You are starting to get back your physical skills, but you have to be careful not to push yourself where you set yourself back.”

Others have leg up?
In recent months, the Titans have made roster moves that could make it tougher for Mariani to stick on the roster for 2013.

The team re-signed return man Darius Reynaud, who took Mariani’s place after his injury, and last week added veteran receiver Kevin Walter to the roster. The Titans also have receivers Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, Damian Williams and Lavelle Hawkins on the roster, along with Michael Preston.

Mariani said he’s been too concerned with getting himself ready physically to worry about anything else.

“I used to be a guy that would analyze every roster move and decision, and now I don’t waste my time with it any more. I am totally focused on me and my health and getting better,’’ said Mariani, who played in all 32 games over his first two NFL seasons and set a franchise record for most combined return yards as a rookie. “Because I know if I can get back I’ll be fine. And I plan on being ready.

“I’m looking forward to getting back out there and competing, but as far as moves and transactions, I haven’t thought about it one bit. I am just looking forward to catching that first ball in the air.”

Mariani has regularly worked out five days a week at Baptist Sports Park under the direction of the team’s trainers.

In his mind, he’s ahead of schedule. But he also knows his recovery process is far from over.

With training camp scheduled to start at the end of July, he still has time.

And, plenty of supporters.

“I would hope Marc is a factor in training camp and ready to compete,’’ Titans general manager Ruston Webster said. “Everybody that saw what happened to Marc would love to see him back out on the field and playing again. And he worked extremely hard and has done everything the right way. So I don’t think there’s anybody in this organization that’s not pulling for him.”

Reach Jim Wyatt at 259-8015 or [email protected]
 
If Tennessee can't use him, I bet that man in Saint Louis will take him in a heart beat....
 
reinell30 said:
If Tennessee can't use him, I bet that man in Saint Louis will take him in a heart beat....


I think he would be a great fit in New Orleans as well. If given the chance he would plug in nicely as an option for Drew Brees. After Colston and Moore (and maybe Henderson if they bring him back) he would fit in and compete nicely for the third spot and see lots of time.
 
Watching roster movement lately for my Raiders it looks like he could come over and be the best on the team (that's not saying a lot) I can't wait to watch him again with the ball in his hands...GO GRIZ
 
Keep eyes open for MM, future bro-in-law and a certain Griz pony, in the backstage pass area.

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Very nice article. I hope Marc comes back better than ever, and his line of 'being in a club that nobody wants to be in' was classic, yet true.

Kudos to Joe Theismann as well for basically being the President of that club, and reaching out to current athletes who suffer the same gruesome injury.
 
NorthwestFresh said:
Very nice article. I hope Marc comes back better than ever, and his line of 'being in a club that nobody wants to be in' was classic, yet true.

Kudos to Joe Theismann as well for basically being the President of that club, and reaching out to current athletes who suffer the same gruesome injury.

Wishing Marc a complete recovery, and may he continue progressing his career.

As for Theismann, maybe he should focus on this full time,and give up broadcasting entirely. I cannot stand him as an analyst.
 
mtgrizrule said:
NorthwestFresh said:
Very nice article. I hope Marc comes back better than ever, and his line of 'being in a club that nobody wants to be in' was classic, yet true.

Kudos to Joe Theismann as well for basically being the President of that club, and reaching out to current athletes who suffer the same gruesome injury.

Wishing Marc a complete recovery, and may he continue progressing his career.

As for Theismann, maybe he should focus on this full time,and give up broadcasting entirely. I cannot stand him as an analyst.

I'll take Theisman over Collinsworth
 
I'm hoping Marc becomes a Seahawk... A slot option for Seneca Wallace!!!

I have no doubt he will be playing this year somewhere
 
Uh Oh, he's entered the first of the three rings of marriage.










1. engagement ring

2. wedding ring

3. suffering
 
Cuervohola said:
I'm hoping Marc becomes a Seahawk... A slot option for Seneca Wallace!!!

I have no doubt he will be playing this year somewhere
Wallace spent the last couple seasons with the Browns. He isn't signed by anyone right now that I know of. He would be an option for Russell Wilson in Seattle
 
Fahque said:
Uh Oh, he's entered the first of the three rings of marriage.










1. engagement ring

2. wedding ring

3. suffering

Not sure to be pissed of laughing my ass off? Your comment made me spit some beer out, and spill it. Therefore I am laughing, but still pissed a beer went to waste. :lol:

I will definitely remember this saying for future reference. :thumb:
 
grizchamp said:
Cuervohola said:
I'm hoping Marc becomes a Seahawk... A slot option for Seneca Wallace!!!

I have no doubt he will be playing this year somewhere
Wallace spent the last couple seasons with the Browns. He isn't signed by anyone right now that I know of. He would be an option for Russell Wilson in Seattle

I believe he signed with the Raiders after not getting picked up by the hawks this week.
 
grizchamp said:
Cuervohola said:
I'm hoping Marc becomes a Seahawk... A slot option for Seneca Wallace!!!

I have no doubt he will be playing this year somewhere
Wallace spent the last couple seasons with the Browns. He isn't signed by anyone right now that I know of. He would be an option for Russell Wilson in Seattle

Oh yeah... I'm a big Seahawks fan, and I can't even get the name right... What was in my coffee??? DOH :roll: :roll: :roll:
 
Cuervohola said:
grizchamp said:
Cuervohola said:
I'm hoping Marc becomes a Seahawk... A slot option for Seneca Wallace!!!

I have no doubt he will be playing this year somewhere
Wallace spent the last couple seasons with the Browns. He isn't signed by anyone right now that I know of. He would be an option for Russell Wilson in Seattle

Oh yeah... I'm a big Seahawks fan, and I can't even get the name right... What was in my coffee??? DOH :roll: :roll: :roll:

bad nostalgia :mrgreen:
 
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