Linebacker Alex Albright suffered a broken arm in the 13th game of his freshman season at Boston College and, as it would turn out, this would be the beginning of an unfortunate trend for his college career.
After suffering season-ending injuries in each of the next three seasons, Albright went undrafted, eventually making the Cowboys as a reserve.
Entering his third season in the league, Albright says now that his health issues back in college serve as a major motivator.
“All those injuries just started to be motivation. I realized you can’t feel sorry for yourself,” Albright told the team’s official website recently. “You’ve just got to take it one day [at a time], ‘all right, this happened, now what am I going to do next?’”
Albright appeared in all 16 games a year ago, starting in two. And in a reversal of fortune of sorts, the man who couldn’t go a year without suffering some serious injury in college was one of the relatively few Cowboys defenders who got through 2012 unscathed.
“At some point, it was kind of like, ‘Am I ever going to have a healthy season? Can I do this and not come out needing to sit out a week or have to get surgery or something?’” Albright said. “It’s opened my eyes, like, you can do this. You can make this team, you can play in the NFL, now you can finish a season.”
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