Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy, who starred at Alabama, shrugs off concerns about toe surgery he had more than a year ago. File/Getty Images
Eddie Lacy understands the toe-fusion surgery he underwent before his junior year at the University of Alabama scared away a few potential NFL suitors.
At the same time, all that matters these days is the Green Bay Packers weren’t among them, taking the Crimson Tide running back with the 61st overall pick in the NFL draft two weeks ago.
Lacy had surgery immediately after the 2012 national championship game and missed spring practice with the injury he sustained in the Crimson Tide’s third game.
He went onto rush for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns as Alabama's every-down back last season, but a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette shortly after the draft suggested the damage was already done as the Steelers’ front office “would not touch” Lacy after the surgery.
Instead, they opted to take Michigan State’s Le’veon Bell with the 48th pick, shortly after Cincinnati made North Carolina’s Giovani Bernard the first running back taken at 37th overall.
After being projected as the first running back to come off the board, Lacy quickly became the fourth after Denver selected Wisconsin’s Montee Ball at No. 58.
Now in Green Bay for the start of rookie orientation, Lacy reiterates that he’s good to go and unfazed by reports other teams believed he was damaged goods.
“You can look at it that way, but I just feel like everything happens for a reason and even though I didn’t get picked where I was supposed to,” Lacy said. “I fell to Green Bay and even though it was the second round, I feel like it’s the perfect place to be. I’m not knocking them for feeling like that, but I feel like I’m in a great situation and I’m just going to move on from there.”