It’s been a long road back for former Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields.
Shields, who now plays for the Los Angeles Rams, was out of football for almost two full seasons because of concussions. He went down during the first game of the 2016 season. He didn’t play again until this year.
Shields finished 2016 on injured reserve and the Packers released him following the year. Shields wasn’t particularly happy with the way things transpired then. He doesn’t sound like he feels any different now.
In an article on The Players Tribune, Shields says he doesn’t like the way the Packers handled the situation.
I’ve never had any hard feelings about it all, though. I’ll always have love for the Packers. They gave me my chance as an undrafted free agent. They paid me when it was time for me to get paid. The fans were always crazy supportive — they still show me love today — and I loved all the guys I played with and the people I met in the organization. So the fact that they just cut me loose like that … I don’t know. I mean, I get it. Business is business, right?
I just didn’t like the way they went about that business.
It’s unfortunate, but not out of the ordinary for the Packers. Their front office, at least under Ted Thompson, was never known for communication.
Besides that, no one thought Shields was going to play again. And if he did, he may endangering himself.
That doesn’t appear to be the case. He says he feels fine. Shields has 12 tackles and an interception on the season.
On Sunday, he’ll get to see his old mates again.
“I miss those guys,” Shields, who has a tattoo of the Packers’ logo behind his left ear, said. “I can’t wait. It’s going to be great to see them, and I love them and all that, but when game time comes, it’s definitely going to be that. I’m going to be excited.”