The odds that the people who need that lesson will get it, though, are slim.
That’s why, even after the Eagles win and celebrate and get showered with praise at their parade this week, the NFL will still be embroiled in the same issues in the 2018 offseason as in 2017.
A litany of other injuries followed that kept Gronkowski from completing a 16-game season between 2012 and 2016 (a complete list can be found here). This lengthy history of torn ligaments and broken bones led to a curious contractual development in the 2017 offseason.
With his salary now lagging behind others at the position, Gronkowski agreed to a restructured deal that could make him the NFL’s highest-paid tight end. However, Gronk would have to stay healthy enough to hit specific thresholds required to get there.
Gurley ran for 1,305 yards and caught 64 passes for 788 yards despite sitting out the regular-season finale. The Rams went 11-5 to win the NFC West and posted their first winning season since 2003 — the last time they won the division. Gurley entered the final week of the year as the NFL’s rushing leader, but was passed by Chiefs rookie Kareem Hunt in Week 17 as Gurley rested for the postseason.
Gurley scored 13 rushing touchdowns and had six receiving scores for an NFL-high 19 touchdowns. He joined Hall of Famers O.J. Simpson and Marshall Faulk as the only players in NFL history to have at least 2,000 scrimmage yards, 10 rushing TDs and more than five receiving TDs in a single season.
The third-year back from Georgia led the NFL in 10-plus-yard rushes with 39 and his 66 rushing first downs was second in the league. Gurley also led all NFL running backs in highest receiving yard average (12.3 yards per catch) and 25-yard-plus receptions (nine). His 276 scrimmage yards against the Titans Dec. 24 was the most by any NFL player in 2017, and he became only the third player in NFL history to have 150 or more receiving yards and 100 or more rushing yards in the same game.
Terrell Owens and Randy Moss headline the 2018 Hall of Fame class announced Saturday in Minneapolis.