JAN 20, 2023  (4:09 PM)
What happened to Johnny Knox?


Johnny Knox was a promising young player for the Chicago Bears when he suffered his career-ending injury. He was a fifth-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and quickly established himself as a valuable contributor to the team's offense. In his rookie season, he recorded 727 receiving yards and two touchdowns, and was named the Bears' rookie of the year.

In his second season, he improved his statistics, with 951 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. He also set a team record for receiving yards in a single game with a 171-yard performance against the Minnesota Vikings.

In 2011, Knox started the first 12 games of the season and was on pace to have a career year with 727 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. However, his career came to a sudden end during the 13th game of the season. The injury left him with a herniated disk and required him to undergo surgery. He was placed on the injured reserve list and missed the rest of the season.

On December 18, 2011, Knox suffered a severe back injury during a game against the Seattle Seahawks. He was tackled hard and landed on his head, suffering a spinal cord injury that resulted in a vertebral fracture. The injury left him with a herniated disk and required him to undergo surgery.

The injury was severe enough that he was unable to continue playing professional football. He was placed on the injured reserve list, and was eventually released by the Bears in 2013, before announcing his retirement in 2014.

After his injury, Knox has been involved in a few business ventures, but he hasn't been in the public eye much. He does not have any public statement about his current situation.

It is a shame that such a promising young player had his career cut short due to injury. It serves as a reminder of the physical risks that professional football players face, and the importance of proper injury management and rehabilitation.
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