When you play for an NFL team, dealing with injuries comes with the dinner, but rarely, do strong, healthy young men deal with disease. That is what 4-time Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick faces today. Frederick has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease which attacks the nervous system. An emotional Sean Lee addressed the situation today.
Lee said, “It’s tough to see. We’ve been praying for him. If there’s anybody that can fight through something like this it’s Travis. He’s such an unbelievable person. Such an unbelievable teammate, and he’s been an unbelievable friend to me.”
La’el Collins said, “I just told him to get his rest, and just make sure he does everything they ask him. We’re looking forward to getting him back.”
Zack Martin said, “Listen, you are never going to replace a Pro Bowl center like that and someone with a football IQ like he has, and the energy he has, but luckily we have Joe Looney, who’s taken a lot of reps. He does a great job for us in there. He’s very ready and prepared for this opportunity.”
Joe Looney said, “Like I said the other day, you can’t replace Travis as a person or as a player. He means a lot to this team. We’re gonna miss him, and hopefully, we get him back soon and healthy. I sit next to Travis in meetings, and we would pick each other’s minds. ‘What call are you going to make here,’ so we’ll all be on the same page just in case something happens.”
Something has happened. Joe Looney is now the starting center, and there is no time table for the return of Frederick.