ATHENS — Former Georgia football star Sony Michel has been here before, sidelined by surgery and having to work his way back on the field.
It’s safe to presume based on Michel’s Twitter account he has his mindset right for another impressive comeback.
“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in…. That’s what the storm is all about.” pic.twitter.com/D7xWMsiIbu
— Sony Michel (@Flyguy2stackz) July 31, 2020
Michel was one of three players on the New England Patriots “PUP” list (Physically Unable to Perform) earlier this week. The team is set to open practice on Aug. 12.
Of course most of the attention will focus on the absence of Tom Brady, the iconic former Patriots’ quarterback who took his act to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the offseason.
Brady’s departure was arguably the biggest personnel news of the offseason and part of the reason why Michel’s foot surgery in May flew under the radar. According to a Yahoo! report, the operations was “maintenance based,” as Michel had been experiencing pain.
That didn’t stop Michel from rushing 247 times last season for 912 yards with 7 touchdowns.
Michel had offseason knee surgery last year, undergoing an arthroscopic procedure that slowed him down at the start of the 2019 training camp.
The year before, Michel missed the Patriots’ season-opening game on account of a different knee surgery.
Of course, that didn’t stop him from leading the team with 209 carries during the regular season.
Then there was Michel’s legendary three-game playoff run to the Super Bowl: 71 carries, 336 yards, 6 postseason touchdowns culminating with a Super Bowl trophy.
Georgia fans know knee issues have been part of Michel’s journey dating back to high school, when he suffered a torn ACL.
Bulldogs fans also know Michel has proven capable of bouncing back, and his recent Tweets indicate his mindset is set to do so in championship fashion once again.
No matter how much it hurts now, someday you will look back & realize your struggles changed your life. 🙏🏾
— Sony Michel (@Flyguy2stackz) July 27, 2020
Michel finished his Georgia career No. 3 on the Bulldogs’ all-time rushing list with 3,638 yards
Georgia all-time rushing leaders
• Herschel Walker (1980-82, 33 games), 5,259
• Nick Chubb (2014-17, 47 games), 4,769
• Sony Michel (2014-17, 47 games), 3,638
• Todd Gurley (2012-14, 30 games), 3,285
• Garrison Hearst (1990-92, 33 games), 3,232
Georgia football in the NFL