OSU football: Calvin Bundage details back surgery, medical hurdles on return to football
STILLWATER — While his play on the practice field has drawn impressive reviews, Oklahoma State linebacker Calvin Bundage described a long and grueling path back to football that included back surgery last year.
Bundage sat out last season with the injury, meeting with as many as eight doctors, some of whom told him to give up football.
“This last year has just been battling through adversity trying to get back on the field,” Bundage said on Tuesday. “In the last year, I’ve probably seen seven, eight doctors, but I finally found one at the end.
“Everybody was telling me it was a big deal and I probably shouldn’t play football. I went to a great doctor and he fixed it. People shy away from back surgery, but mine turned out good.”
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The 6-foot-1, 220-pound senior says he learned that he was playing with the injury longer than he knew.
“I never really played fully healthy, but I didn’t know I wasn’t healthy,” he said. “Now it’s a big difference.
“It feels great to put everything at rest and prove I’m the best. I feel like I came back better than last time. I’m a better player this year.”
In 2018 as a starting outside linebacker, Bundage had 62 tackles in 11 games, with eight tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and four quarterback hurries.