Nov. 20, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Monday afternoon Chris Thompson spoke to reporters for the first time since he sustained a season-ending torn ACL in Florida State's victory at Miami.
In addition to rehabilitating his injury, Thompson is in a waiting period as he will not find out until early in 2013 whether or not he has been granted a medical redshirt. Despite playing in more games than are permitted for a redshirt before his injury, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher and athletics officials are hopeful that the NCAA makes an exception since Thompson missed most of the 2011 season with a back injury as well.
Here's a transcription of some of the highlights of his interview:
On his status for next season:
Thompson: "I have been thinking about it a lot. I love being here, just playing here with these guys. I think what really has me thinking that is just the fact that I just want to play another full season with my guys. But at the same time I'm not sure if I want to come back or even try to move on right now. It's still one of those things I've been talking with my parents and just trying to figure what's the right decision and which direction I should go."
On if the decision to return would be easier if he knew for certain he'd get a medical redshirt:
Thompson: "It does. I think if I knew for sure that I would be getting the year back it would probably be the easier decision on me of which direction I want to take. Since I really don't know yet I can't make a decision when I don't know if I'll get the year back or not."
On if he thought about giving up football because of the injuries he's sustained:
Thompson: "I think about that but inside of me, this is what I love to do. I'm not going to quit. I've seen both of these two injuries in the past two years I see it as minor injuries, to be honest with you. Because I know with both injuries that I've had that I'm going to come back and play again. So I see it as a minor thing and I also think that it all happened for a reason and for a good cause. When I had my back injury last year I came back and was having one of the greatest seasons I've ever had so I know that something good is going to come behind this."
On if he knew he had torn his ACL when he was tackled in Miami:
Thompson: "I was hoping it wasn't but once I went down I did feel a pop in my knee. Once I went in the locker room I was kind of walking around some so I figured it wasn't going to be as bad as it was. It didn't even feel too bad on the plane ride back home but once I went to the meeting with Coach Fisher when he called me to his office, that's when I knew it was bad."
On what he was thinking when Jimbo Fisher told him it was a torn ACL and his season was over:
Thompson: "I couldn't even say anything at first. After I talked to my mom and Coach Fisher got on the phone with my mom that's when it really hit me and that's when I started crying. I knew eventually I was going to have to get those tears out. After I did it made me feel a whole lot better about the situation and a couple of the days I was a little down but for the most part I know I am going to come back; I know it's nothing career ending so there's nothing for me to really keep my head down about because I know without a doubt I'm going to bounce back."
On his teammates reactions when they learned he was out for the season:
Thompson: "It hurt the guys. I think it hurt them because I went out last year. I think that was the biggest thing. I don't think it was because 'oh, we can't win without you' or things like that. That wasn't the issue at all; it was just the fact that I went down again and more because it was my senior year the guys just felt bad for me. At the same time, I don't want them feeling bad for me because football isn't over for me."
On his rehabilitation process:
Thompson: "I totally feel like once I go thorough this whole rehab process and everything I feel like I am going to come back stronger."
On Saturday's FSU-Florida game:
Thompson: "I'm a senior [and] it's senior day so I kind of see it as possibly my last home game here. It's going to be emotional for me but at the same time I'm going to just enjoy it because it's Florida State and Florida. I'm just glad to have that opportunity to be out there whether I'm playing or not; I'm still on the on the team, I'm still a player on the roster. Just to be out there for the game it's still going to mean a lot whether I'm out there playing or not."
On the Virginia Tech game being the first one he didn't attend since the injury:
Thompson: "It was just tough not being around the guys. It kind of hurt me because I was seeing stuff out there that had I been on the field with the guys I could have helped them out, just gave them little tips and hints here and there about little situations that were going on. Just watching it on TV it's kind of hard. A couple of times I wanted to send a text to somebody to try to tell Devonta and Wilder this and that but I know I can't do that."
Thompson: "I'm very happy. We are 10-1. Ever since my injury we still haven't lost a game. Devonta had like a 150 yards last week and I think I was probably more happy for him than he was for himself. Just for the guys that continue to have success and the guys that still show me love when they see me around in the training room I think it all means a lot and it still shows that we are still a family and the guys are still fighting regardless of the injuries we've had."