Jonathan Allen sets the record straight over shoulder arthritis
Throughout Jonathan Allen’s illustrious career at Alabama, he — like many players — has dealt with injuries.
The former Crimson Tide star had surgeries done on both of his shoulders. As such, he’s been left with moderate arthritis. No one would assume this to be the case — considering he hasn’t missed a game in two-straight seasons (not to mention the 22.5 sacks he’s accrued).
Allen is projected to be a surefire top-10 pick within this April’s NFL Draft. He dominated within a conference considered to be the best in the country, and consistently demonstrated why he was recognized as an All-American.
On Saturday, Allen spoke with the media on the arthritic condition in his shoulders:
“The shoulder feels good. Every doctor said if there’s a problem, it’s after football, way after football. I have no concerns with it at all. They said I have some arthritis in my left shoulder. It’s not really a problem now, but it might be a problem 15, 20 years down the road so I’m not worried about that right now. I’m worried about playing good for whichever team I go to. I have no restrictions on anything I do. Like I said I feel good. It’s probably the best I’ve felt in the last four years. I feel good, refreshed, re-charged, ready to go.”
The arthritis certainly didn’t hinder his efforts in the bench press exercise — as he lifted 225 pounds a respectable 21 times.