“I went to a dark place.”
In 2016, Dean Marlowe tore his right hamstring in training camp with the Panthers. After missing the season, Marlowe returned to camp in Carolina in 2017 only to tear his left hamstring.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God, not again.’ Now I’m going to miss another season with the same injury and I’m like, ‘this cannot be happening right now,” said Marlowe.
He was released by the Panthers last August and signed with the Bills in December, reuniting with Sean McDermott.
“He’s always had high expectations for me since the day he called me on draft day to this day I’m standing here now,” smiled the Bills safety.
“He’s seen the journey of life in the NFL where his career started off in his first year and [he] had success and was expecting in the next year or two to take the job in Carolina. He never quite got to that,” said McDermott.
Marlowe said the rehab was mentally exhausting, but credits his fiance with getting him out of that dark place.
“She said you’re going back to New York. You’re from New York. You’re back with Coach McD. This is where you found your place and everything good will come from this,” said Marlowe.
“He’s basically reinvented himself,” said McDermott.
“I continued and I continued and I was like, ‘I will get out of here at some point,” said Marlowe. “If it wasn’t that first year or the second year, I was like there is going to be sun somewhere else. I just don’t know when. But when I keep working my butt off then some sun will come out.”
Marlowe played his first football game in two years against Carolina last week. He called it ‘the ultimate high.’
The sun has begun to rise again on Dean Marlowe’s career.