BEREA, Ohio– Jason Pinkston was all smiles Thursday, following OTA drills in Berea. Though not in the best of shape, he knows there is still time to boost his fitness and football levels.
But when you consider what he went through last season, this is all a gift.
Pinkston took reporters back in time to last season when something was wrong, but he just could not put his finger on it.
“I practiced that week (before October 14th game vs Cincinnati.) I could not even play 3 plays in a row. I got some stronger antibiotics. I tried to play against Indy. I had to go to the ER on Thursday.”
Pinkston found out he had a blood clot in his lung. His season was over. He was getting some scary news.
“The doctors said I could have died playing football.”
On Pinkston’s road back, he was faced with tough, physical and emotional obstacles. All he wanted to do was to return to what he loved. The game he began playing as a boy.
Pinkston was on a blood thinner, trying to work through the insecurity of knowing, playing the game he so loved could possibly have cost him his life. He got stronger, pointing to the day he would get the green light to return.
“Some days you come in and you are sore, and you are thinking about, I’m sore and I don’t wanna be here. When I was off for that six months, this was the only place I wished I could be.”
That’s why April 12 was a special day, dearest to his heart. His baby girl, Martha Jane, was born. A new life. A gift. A child to smother in love. On top of the bundle of joy, he doubled his pleasure.
“My daughter was born at 12:21 a.m. (Fairview Hospital), and I came back later to the Clinic and was cleared.”
Cleared to play football, he returned to the field this week and he has been handling a fair amount of reps.
“It’s early. I have time. I am a little rusty. It’s starting to come back. I will have a few plays where I make a dumb mistake.”
He is coming back and looking forward; hoping to be a big part of the rebirth of the Browns; confident he already knows something about a new lease on life.