You can bet that Giants linebacker Jon Beason is super pumped for football to start again. Last year, he was limited to just four games by a foot injury, so Beason hasn’t played in an NFL game since last October 19. The 30-year-old sounds like a little kid when he talks about training camp starting up again.
“I feel great!” said Beason, “I think a lot of times people say ‘excited,’ which is the go-to, right? I am, really. I haven’t gotten much sleep the last couple nights just chomping at the bit. I’m excited to get back out here and play ball. It’s obviously something I love to do, but I’m ready to get out there and compete and enjoy.”
To continue to bounce back from injuries and keep playing at Beason’s age, you have to have extreme passion for the game. The veteran linebacker has shown that in his seven professional seasons. Since coming over from the Panthers in a 2013 trade, Beason has brought leadership and energy to New York’s defense.
It’s going to be tough for him to continue to bring those intangibles, however, if he’s not on the field. Beason is still dealing with the lingering effects of his foot injury, so he’ll open training camp as a limited participant in practice. He’s not too happy about that.
“I better not be, but if the boss says that I’m limited, then I will be,” he said, “It’s hard to lead from the back and obviously, as a leader, you want to lead by example, so you need to be out there taking all the reps, running to the ball, practicing hard, to set that example. Then when you tell someone they need to do the same, then it’s a merit to it.”
Until Beason can get on the field full-time, New York’s linebacker corps will have to continue working without its most experienced member.