I'm sure a few of you have seen this by now, but Cleveland Browns middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson was interviewed by the Boston Globe recently. In the interview, he talked about the tough road he had in making his return to the NFL this past season.
"I’ve had a tough three years where you’re a kid, you come into the league, you have success early, and then you go through a lot of adversity from your personal life - me being divorced - to the back-to-back season-ending injuries."
Jackson wasn't sure if anyone would still take a chance on him after his injuries, but the Browns decided to retain him for the 2011 season. Now, as has been discussed several times already, Jackson remains adamant that he wants to be a member of the Browns next season.
"I want to be in Cleveland," said Jackson. "Yeah, I want to be in a new deal. I feel like I’ve proven to myself and the rest of my teammates that I can still play. If it’s the franchise tag, it’s the franchise tag. As long as I still have my health, that’s what is most important."
Jackson is a top candidate for the league's Comeback Player of the Year award.