While many thought Earl Thomas‘ retirement tweet following a broken leg in December was an overreaction, the Seattle Seahawks safety truly believed the injury was the end of his football career – or at least his days of playing at an elite level.

“It’s very different, especially it’s my foundation, my legs,” Thomas said Tuesday about his role as a safety, according to ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia. “I’m a speedster. So when I initially broke it, I’m like, ‘Dang, my career’s over with.’ That’s why I sent the tweet out. Obviously I was very disappointed. I felt like I was having the best year of my career.

“But as you go through it, you learn, you understand that you can bounce back. And that’s where I’m at at this point.”

Prior to Thomas’ injury, he’d missed just one game in his career; a hamstring issue sidelined him the week before his tibia break.

The five-time Pro Bowler – who didn’t require surgery and has been participating in offseason activities on a limited basis – is ahead of schedule in his recovery and is expected to be at full health in time for this summer’s training camp.

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