Demaryius Thomas, the 22nd pick overall in the 2010 draft, has been recovering from his terrible achilles tendon rupture that happened last season. By all accounts, Demaryius has shown all the promise of a first-round pick. In my opinion, he was an absolute beast during the playing time he got prior to the injury.
I hadn't realized that his nickname is Optimus Prime; however, maybe it should be Optimist Prime instead. I've been following @DemaryiusT for quite a while on Twitter and I'm always pleasantly surprised by the messages he posts. I got to thinking about where this young man is at with his recovery and thought I'd do a post on some of the hurdles he's facing, and apparently he's facing them in an optimistic way.
Here are some common issues an athlete faces when recovering from a serious injury:
-Uncertainty about his future- Will this end my career? Will I ever start again? Can I play as hard as I used to?
-Developing trust with the medical and therapy professionals with whom he is working with- Do I understand my treatment?
-Elevated stress- What coping strategies have been offered?
-Even clinical depression
Here are some of Demaryius' recent posts on Twitter:
Morning world to another blessed day...make the best of it.
Heading to work
Bout to get this work in
Blessing to be able to see family another day
Staying humble and patience.. when its my time its go time.
Long day.. But good day, still going
"Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success."
But obstacles don't have to stop you if you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, or work around it. MJ
I thank the man for another day... its a blessing
Started the day off good
Nice work day...
These posts are just about one week's worth from @DemaryiusT, but he's been saying similar things for as long as I've followed him. I'm sure the Broncos organization has provided Demaryius with the most advanced treatments and support available. It seems like he's making the most of what is available while staying positive and engaged in his treatment.
I look forward to the day that this humble and talented man is able to take the field with the Denver Broncos again. I have every confidence that he'll become a great Bronco some day.