CLEMSON — Not a thought hurtled through Chad Kelly’s mind. Except for the pain — oh, the searing pain.
When the anterior cruciate ligament in a human knee tears, athletes say it feels like millions of miniature balloons popping in their leg — followed by nothing. Numbness. And the long, long road ahead to recovery.
But something bizarre — mind-boggling, and perhaps even dangerous, scientifically speaking — happened less than five months after Kelly and Sam Cooper were helped off the field and into the dreaded ACL reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation process.
They played in a football game again.