After missing all of the 2017 season as part of the Washington Redskins, safety Su’a Cravens is now a member of the Denver Broncos after he was traded last week. But despite contemplating retirement during his extended time away from the game, Cravens insists he didn’t quit on playing football.

“A lot of people have the perception that I quit,” Cravens told SiriusXM NFL Radio (per Scott Allen of the Washington Post). “I don’t look at it that way. I look at it as I took care of what I needed to do. My health is most important. Once I handled that, then I could come back. I didn’t really have the option to return, even when I did get cleared. I’m just ready to get back out on the field and play.”

Cravens also explained just how painful it was watching the NFL him while he was sidelined. He said it hurt him badly when he saw his teammates and players he competed against out there on the field and he was unable to suit up himself.

It was obviously quite a tough ordeal for Cravens to live through last season. After working his entire life to get to the NFL, he was facing the very real possibility of having to retire after playing just one season because of something beyond his control.

Luckily, it seems that he’s ready to get back on the field and do what he’s worked so hard for next season. Hopefully for the Broncos, that year off will only fuel Cravens’ desire to make up for lost time and come back as good as ever.