Terrell Owens of the Philadelphia Eagles broke his right fibula in a game on December 19. I broke my right fibula skiing at Arapahoe Basin on December 24. Now Owens is considering taking the field in the Super Bowl on February 6, against medical advice. So I'm thinking about how my fibula feels and wondering what would I do if I were Terrell?
Probably play, I think. I'm still hobbling around in a walking cast, but the leg feels a lot better and the doctor is allowing me to drive around with the cast off. It feels all right to do that and I feel like I will be more than ready to be done with the walking cast when the time comes in late February.
If I were a professional athlete getting round the clock rehab like Owens is, I'd probably feel even better. And if you're Terrell, you can't know if this will be the only chance you'll ever get to play in the Super Bowl.
On the other hand, I think Owens' injury could be worse than mine, because he needed surgery and I didn't. Not to mention, playing football means people will actually be taking shots at that injured leg. That's probably the worst part of the risk. My guess is that Owens will be able to run and cut on the leg by the time the Super Bowl rolls around, and he will do it.