49ers LB Kwon Alexander feels ‘legendary’ as he returns from a torn ACL
The San Francisco 49ers made a major addition to their defense this offseason by adding former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander, who played in just six games in 2018 due to a torn ACL.
But in spite of the serious injury, the 49ers still awarded Alexander with a four-year, $54 million contract, and now, Alexander says he is feeling “legendary” in his return.
“I don’t like to use the word G-O-O-D. ‘Good,’” Alexander said, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. “I’m trying to be better than that. So I use that to get my mindset where it needs to be. The thing was to stay focused and keep your mind straight because a lot of people get down in those situations. I’m just telling myself to stay focused, keep praying, and I’m going to get back to myself even better. That was the main goal.”
During the time he was on the field this past year, Alexander totaled 45 tackles, a sack, and a couple of forced fumbles.
The 24-year-old, who played his collegiate football at LSU, was originally selected by the Buccaneers in the fourth round (124th pick overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.
He went on to appear in 12 contests during his rookie season, registering 93 tackles, three sacks, a couple of interceptions, a pair of forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and nine passes defended.
Alexander then broke out during his second year in the league, participating in all 16 games and racking up 145 tackles, three sacks, a pick, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, seven passes defended, and a defensive touchdown.
But, oddly enough, Alexander didn’t actually make his first Pro Bowl until 2017, when he recorded 97 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble in 12 games.