On Aug. 4, 2012, Greg Childs leapt to catch a pass during a Minnesota Vikings scrimmage. The ball was thrown behind him, forcing an awkward landing that tore both of his patellar tendons. It was an “extremely rare” injury that forever changed Childs’ career path.
Instead of playing his rookie season as a wide receiver in Minneapolis, the former Arkansas star was forced to sit out and recover. And recover. And recover. Finally, the Vikings released him in 2014, and he’s been working his way back toward the NFL since.
Over the past few weeks, Childs has been practicing and playing in the Spring League, a second-year organization that gives pro hopefuls a chance to get in front of scouts.
Thus far, Childs has been happy with the results.
“We had scouts down here standing on the sideline,” he told SEC Country in a phone interview Tuesday. “They just can’t believe that I’m here doing no-hands backflips, jumping 40-inch verticals, jumping 11-[foot]-2 broad jumps. They’re asking me, ‘Are you good?’ And I’m just like, ‘Do I look good?’”
You might have heard of the Spring League recently thanks to participation from Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. He and Childs are teammates, and Childs said the pair like to get meals together and reminisce about the Arkansas-Texas A&M rivalry.
“He hasn’t given me any indication that he’s the old Johnny,” Childs said of Manziel’s less-than-stellar reputation. “Everything I’ve seen to now, he’s moving forward.”