TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons is hit by Brian Price #92 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Brian Price talked to Fox Sports West's Rahshaun Haylock for an outstanding article on the struggles Brian Price has had to go through throughout his life. It touches on the death of several of his family members, the complicated surgery he had to have after his rookie season and how he takes care of his nephews. The article is outstanding and a must-read, with many, many different and interesting quotes. I'll excerpt a few of the bits that are most relevant to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the entire article is worth reading.
While it was obvious to everyone that Brian Price was far from 100% last season, it's not exactly clear how much he was limited by his injuries. Price told Haylock that he played in 15 games at "40 percent", which was obvious from Price's struggles on the field, despite flashes of his outstanding talent. "I pretty much played football with no legs last year," he told Fox Sports West. His injuries and surgery were so severe that he was even told that he may never walk again, or play at the level that he played at. It's astounding that Price is back on the field with the Buccaneers, but there's a real chance that he will never fulfill his significant potential.
Despite the focus on Price's many struggles throughout his life, there are a few positives in the article as well, mostly related to his two nephews. Price says he still has trouble sleeping, noting that he'll sleep for one hour a night. But his nephews keep him going, and he plans to adopt them and move them to Tampa. He has their faces tattooed on his hands: "I have their face facing me so that when I'm in my stance, I'm looking at them and they're looking at me."
Brian Price's life so far has certainly been a struggle, but he continues to fight through it. Hopefully we'll see a new, improved and healthy Brian Price, who can live a happy life going forward.