Ex-Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk ruptured his right achilles tendon in 2013 at age 20, and then ruptured his left achilles tendon in 2016.
Last week, it was announced that the now 23 year old is attempting a return to playing football again via becoming East Carolina’s next starting quarterback.
According to Kevin Youngs, the owner of Youngs Physical Therapy when asked about Sirk’s chances:
You hear so many times after the rehab process, after all the physical therapy that they’ve had, that they come back even stronger than before because we dial in on all those other muscles.
In April 2013, Duke football quarterback Thomas Sirk ruptured his right achilles tendon at the very young age of 19. Now comes news that he has ruptured his left achilles tendon at the age of 22. It is quite unusual for people to rupture their achilles tendons before the age of 30.
In fact most everyday people seem to get the injury after the age of 35. Professional athletes who suffer from this injury typically do so a bit sooner, usually anywhere from their late 20s to their late 30s.
So the case of Thomas Sirk is very unusual, especially since he got unlucky twice. Similar to the case of Terell Suggs, although at a much earlier age.
In any event, Mr. Sirk’s surgery seem to have gone well per his Tweet from a few days ago: