A few days ago I painted a sad picture when it comes to hamstring ruptures in the NFL. Today I will try to redeem myself by sharing a hopeful message that Demond Bishop has a great chance to return to be the playmaking linebacker he once was.
According to Dr. J.R. Rudzki a Sports-Medicine Specialist who has worked with the St. Louis Rams and other Professional sports teams, says hamstring tendon avulsions haven’t been well studied with NFL players. However, Rudzki thinks research “suggests” patients have roughly 70 to 85 percent odds of being able to return to their desired level of sports activity.
The good news for Bishop is that the last time the Vikings took a chance on a player returning from a serious hamstring tear, they hit the jackpot. Kyle Rudolph was selected in the second round of the 2011 draft when some teams were questioning his durability after he ruptured his hamstring at Notre Dame.
After 2 seasons in the NFL, Rudolph is looking great and kicking ass. So, my message to Bishop and all Vikings fans is, if Rudy can come back to win ProBowl MVP honors… Surely, Desmond can have a successful return and make a run at defensive MVP.
A good performance at a regional combine in Chicago earned WR Adam Thielen an invite to the Super Regional Combine held at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas. Among 218 college football players performing in front of 30 NFL teams… Adam got noticed by the Minnesota Vikings earning one of the 34 invites to the team’s rookie mini camp tryout. After a great camp in front of all the Vikings’ staff, Adam was signed to the 90 man roster. If he sticks, Adam will get a chance to show case his talent in front of the Mankato faithful at the familiar confines of Minnesota State University.
After being awarded Minnesota State University’s Male Athlete of the year honors, Adam will not need any introduction in Mankato. Adam is also locally known as a two-time team caption that helped lead MSU to a 13-1 record and the NCAA Division II Semifinals. The Mankato fans also know Adam was named to the 2012 First-Team All-NSIC South Division Team. His four year career at MSU ends with Adam second all time in reception with 198. His name is 3rd all time in the record books for receiving yards at 2802 with 20 TDs. Adam is also 3rd all-time at MSU in punt return yards with 582 on 57 attempts.
Yes, Adam might be flying a bit under the radar on a national level, but in Mankato he is on top of the world.