Florida State running back Chris Thompson is Exhibit No. 9,789 of why football players deserve all the benefits and bonuses, perks and prosperity they can get.
Thompson literally has put his neck and knees on the line for his school and may have had a potential professional career ended because of it.
Thompson tore the ACL in his knee after making a leaping reception in Saturday's victory over Miami. After coming down with the catch and completing a 32-yard gain, he was brought down by what seemed like a routine tackle. Unfortunately, it wasn't routine at all because his knee was seriously injured as a result.
This comes only a season after Thompson broke his back in a loss to Wake Forest last year and missed the last eight games of the season. He endured a tireless and painful nine months of rehab in order to return this year and emerge as FSU's most potent offensive weapon.
Thompson was averaging nearly 8 yards per carry and was leading the Seminoles with 687 yards rushing. He was getting close to 1,000 yards, which would have made him the first FSU running back to reach that plateau since Warrick Dunn did it 16 years ago.
"He was upset, very disappointed. Having a great year, doing everything right," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said of Thompson's season-ending injury. "He's what's right about college football. I say it all the time. But this game takes no prisoners. It's a very unforgiving game."
Jimbo is right.
Chris Thompson deserves better than this.
Is there anything worse in the brutal, barbaric sport of football than a good kid with a bright future suffering a devastating injury?Email me at email@example.com. Follow me on Twitter @BianchiWrites. And listen to my Open Mike radio show every Monday-Friday from 6-9 a.m. on 740 The Game.