Brent Celek is a Warrior


Just read Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column over at SI.com.

Came across this line as one his Tweet of the Week’s:

“A setback is just a setup for a comeback.”

– @BrentCelek, the Eagles’ tight end who underwent surgery on a sports hernia and torn labrum in his hip last week.

This has to be one of the more overlooked Eagles-related stories of the past season. We learned last week that Celek underwent surgery for the injuries mentioned above. King described Celek’s decision to play with both ailments as brave. He also described the pain he must have felt as “torture.” Agreed. But I’d also describe it as admirable. It’s not only amazing Celek played, but played well.

As the Eagles stumbled to a 1-4 start, Celek had only nine receptions for 73 yards, but finished the season with 62 catches for 811 and 5 touchdowns.

He finished the season behind only New England’s Ron Gronkowski and New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham among NFL tight ends in yards per catch.

In a season filled with heartless, selfish and uninspired play, it’s refreshing to read something like this–even if it was painful for Celek.