Former Green Bay Packers cornerback Kevin King wanted his chance to get back into the NFL, but he announced this week that he tore his Achilles tendon while training to get himself in shape to return for the 2023 NFL season.
King, who was selected at No. 33 in the second round of the ’17 NFL draft, elected to not play during the 2022 season, citing that he wanted to take a break from the mental strain of injuries he faced throughout his career.
The 28-year-old suffered a left shoulder injury during his rookie season that required surgery for his torn labrum. He then suffered a hamstring injury that required him to miss games and later be placed on injured reserve in 2018.
On Friday, he released a video on YouTube stating he missed being on the field for Green Bay but that he wished there was more discussion about the mental effects of injuries on athletes.
“After my fifth year with the Packers I was actually pretty healthy,” King said in the video. “It was a time when I felt pretty good for the first time in a while. My first four years I had a surgery after every year, so I didn’t have too much of a chance to have an offseason. … They don’t really talk about the wear and tear on you mentally that it does, dealing with injuries.”
In 2019, he played in 15 games and registered career highs in combined tackles (66), pass deflections (15), and interceptions (5). But in the ’20 and ’21 seasons, King only played in a combined 21 games.
Even with the injuries, King calls his five years in Green Bay “some of the best times in my life.”
King missed 30 of a possible 81 regular season games during his stint in Green Bay.
Now, King hopes to sign with a team for the 2024 NFL season.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.