Safety Sean Richardson during Packers training camp on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at Ray Nitschke Field Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin.
Sean Richardson never feared for his career, but understood the magnitude of neck surgery.
After being one of four undrafted rookies to make the Green Bay Packers' roster this past season, the 6-foot-2, 216-pound safety's season was halted after only five games due to a neck injury that eventually required surgery for a cervical disc herniation in January.
The 23-year-old Richardson was comforted by the fact the surgery was going to be performed by Dr. Robert Watkins, the Los Angeles-based surgeon who also conducted Peyton Manning's neck-fusion surgery in 2011. ...