ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Have you ever wondered what a football player thinks about in the moments immediately after they suffer a severe injury?
Laying there in pain, knowing their season is likely over, what could possibly be running through their mind?
Is like a near death experience where a person’s entire life flashes before their eyes?
When Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker tore his right quadriceps tendon and collapsed to the ground in St. Louis the first thing he thought about was pro wrestling.
“I’m laying there on the turf at the Edward Jones Dome and there’s one thing going through my mind and it’s the image of Triple H tearing his quad tendon off his knee in the ring,” Carriker told me on an upcoming episode of 4th & Pain.
The thoughts are fitting for man who co-hosts a pro wrestling radio show each week.
“Why I’m thinking about that, I don’t know,” he said. “I think that’s because it’s exactly where I felt it in my leg.”
The WWE Superstar tore his left quadriceps muscle in 2001 while wrestling in a main event on Monday Night Raw. He also suffered a similar injury at a pay-per-view event in 2007.
Carriker’s visions of wrestling glory were cast aside as he began hearing fans taunt him from the stands.
A first-round draft choice of the Rams in 2007, Carriker fell out of favor with the organization after being miscast in the 4-3 defensive scheme. He was able to quiet those who referred to him as a ‘bust’ following a 2010 trade to the Redskins where he’s flourished under Jim Haslett’s 3-4 scheme.
Despite his resurgence, grudges die hard for some Rams fans.
“One fan is calling me the p-word,” Carriker said. “The other fan is looking at me like ‘he’s all washed up.’ Like all of a sudden now [I’m] completely done.”
The 28-year-old has admitted on a number of occasions the fans in St. Louis aren’t very fond of him. Sunday simply served as a reminder.
Still, there were others with a much more pleasant demeanor.
“The Redskins fans that were behind the bench, some were even yelling ‘4th and Pain,’ ” Carriker said. “It got me to smile a little bit. They were wishing me the best.”
He even said some Rams fans wished him a speedy recovery as he was limping to the locker room.
Carriker estimates 70 percent of those in attendance were actually trying to be positive about the situation.
The Redskins officially placed him on injured reserve Tuesday morning.
Carriker said he’s never had a lower body injury like this, but is hopeful that he’ll be able to rebound nicely. He previously underwent shoulder surgery to repair injuries sustained while playing for the Rams and says he’s lifting more now more than ever.
Doug Worthington was signed off the practice squad to take Carriker’s roster spot, a move the defensive end couldn’t be happier about.
Worthington’s work ethic during Organized Team Activities this offseason impressed the injured lineman. Carriker recalls seeing his replacement leave for Redskins Park at 6 a.m., long before other players reported to work.
4th & Pain airs Sunday at 8 a.m. on 106.7 The Fan and can be heard online at 4thAndPain.com.