Adrian Clayborn thought about retirement before signing with Patriots
Brett Davis | USA TODAY Sports
“I’m trying to play as long as I can. As long as this body lets me.”
Those are wise words coming from New England Patriots’ newcomer Adrian Clayborn - who knows exactly what it’s like to battle through injury.
The veteran defensive end has been through a lot in his career – with a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus in 2012, a torn right bicep in 2014, a torn MCL and meniscus in 2016 and a torn left bicep in the playoffs after the 2016 regular season.
“Ultimately I just prayed about it, with my wife, my family and talking to my agent [Blake Baratz], and just coming to the decision that I wanted to play. I’m glad I made this decision to come back,” Clayborn said.
Looking on to what he can do for his new team, Clayborn says he is ready for the new challenges.
“I know I can rush the passer and set the edge in the running game. There are a couple different positions they believe I can play, and it’s up to me to prove I can play them.”