'I didn't want to give it up'

Updated: December 15, 2003, 9:36 AM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The knee wouldn't bend any farther. The pain told Jason White his leg had endured enough. But the doctors kept pushing, the rehab assistants kept bending. They broke through scar tissue, they pressed through blood.

"It felt like it was going to blow up," White said. "Enough was enough."

But he never spoke up. He thought about throwing in the towel, he thought about benching the stupid dream of returning to the football field after not one, but two torn ACLs. But ...

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