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, Colo. (AP) Su’a Cravens has found happiness, harmony and himself just in time for his do-over in Denver.
Elated over John Elway’s call and Von Miller’s text, the former standout safety from Southern Cal celebrated his trade from the Redskins to the Broncos
by posting ”A Whole New World” from the Disney movie ”Aladdin” on his Twitter
”I felt like it was perfect,” said Cravens, who missed all of last season and even mulled retirement while dealing with the lingering effects of a head
Article continues below ... Selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, Cravens played in 11 games his rookie season but he sustained a concussion in Week 4 and later
suffered an elbow injury. He said he felt off-kilter heading into training camp
last year, and things only got worse after he underwent knee surgery in August
to repair a torn meniscus.
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, and the Redskins placed him on their exempt list, forcing him to miss the entire
season. They sent him to see sports concussion expert Micky Collins in
Pittsburgh, who had an answer for all of his mood swings, personality changes
and feelings that something just wasn’t quite right: post-concussion
”I didn’t really know what was going on until I went to see Dr. Collins and he made me fully aware of the situation,” Cravens said. ”At first I just thought
that something was wrong with me, something’s not right and I didn’t feel the
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,’ he’d ask me questions, I’d tell him, `Yes,’ and he’d say, `Well that’s a correlation to this.’ Everything started
making sense and once we started working on it progressively I got better and
Cravens said he never lost his love for the game but did succumb to feelings his football career was finished.
”Certainly. I was going through something that I wasn’t even aware I was going through,” Cravens said. ”The mindset that I had last year was just
completely different from how I am now. Once I got cleared, I took a step back
and looked at the way I was acting and the way I was treating my loved ones. The
way my whole thought process was Authentic Rashaan Gaulden Jersey
, it was a stranger.
”It was just crazy that I didn’t realize that I was in a predicament I was completely unaware of. So yeah, there was a point that I thought I was done with
football, but that love for it and that need to compete, that need to be on the
field and be with your brothers, that never went away.”
Cravens even had to deal with accusations that he’d quit on his teammates.
He was finally cleared in December and the Redskins began shopping him during the NFL combine last month.
The Broncos essentially sent a fifth-round selection in this year’s draft for the safety-linebacker hybrid whose instincts and athleticism wowed scouts two
Cravens is eager to put his past behind him and start anew in Denver.
”I think there’s a false narrative on what exactly happened,” Cravens said. ”Right now my focus is just on being a Denver Bronco. One day I’ll be able to
speak a little further on that, but I’m not a quitter. I’m not a guy who lacks
love for the game. I definitely don’t know where the `quitting
in college’ came
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, but like I said, I’m here to play for the Broncos and do whatever I can to help this team win games.”
He sees himself as a strong safety but is willing to play wherever the Broncos feel he fits best in a revamped secondary that lost standout safety T.J.
Ward last fall and elite cornerback Aqib Talib this spring.
”I’m just grateful to be on the field,” Cravens said, adding that last season made him appreciate his chance to play pro football and he has no qualms about
getting right back into the fray.
”We’re all grown men and I know what I’m signing myself up for. I’m aware of the situation that I was in and I’m aware of the dangers of the game,” he said.
”I’ve experienced it firsthand and I’m still willing to go out there and put
everything I have on the line. I wanted a fresh start just because I don’t like
the way things happened. It wasn’t a part of my plan. I never thought at 22
years old that I’d be at the house watching football instead of playing
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