Former University of Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan gave football fans a squeamish look Wednesday at the lengths to which NFL players must sometimes resort to extend their playing careers.
Trevathan, who starred at Kentucky from 2008 to 2011, was quoted on the Denver Broncos' team website about the surgery he underwent this offseason to replace the left kneecap he dislocated last December.
"The old one is gone," Trevathan said Wednesday. "I've got somebody else's kneecap. It was difficult because it's a bigger knee when I look at my knees. I love the scar though."
Trevathan, 25, injured the knee three separate times last season and played in only three games after starting 16 the previous season. He underwent surgery in January.
Trevathan, who led the Broncos in tackles in 2013, is ready to get back to work.
"I'm moving. I'm shuffling. I'm doing our drills. I'm doing everything right now; I'm just limited on contact," he said. "I'm feeling good right now, I'm not going to lie. But I want to feel great before I go out there again. I think I owe this team and I owe this city."