What does it mean to be “injury-prone” as a football player? I’ve always found it unfair that somebody can play this game for 20 years without a major incident, make it all the way to the game’s highest level, and then if they suffer two significant injuries in maybe a three-year span they’re slapped with the “injury-prone” tag. All the workouts, practices and games of stretching, pulling and pounding the human body in order to rise to big-time college football or the NFL, and with two freak accidents you’re now considered a risky asset to have on a team.
Austin Collinsworth would definitely be labeled injury-prone by most people’s standards. The senior safety at Notre Dame — the son of former NFL Pro Bowl receiver Cris Collinsworth — missed the 2012 season with a shoulder injury, he played most of 2013 with a back injury, and he’s missed games in 2014 with an MCL sprain and a torn labrum in the same shoulder that had caused him problems before. Continue reading