How J.T. Barrett went from knee surgery to a Big Ten title in just 6 days

Most people who have surgery on their knee can’t walk for a while, and when they eventually can, it’s with the extended help of crutches.

J.T. Barrett proved another reason why he’s an exceptional athlete, having surgery on a Sunday and leading Ohio State to a conference championship game win the following Saturday.

Barrett was injured in a strange pre-game collision with a cameraman on the sidelines of the Buckeyes’ win over Michigan on Nov. 25. The next day, he had “minimally invasive” arthroscopic surgery, ESPN’s Dan Murphy reported, Six days later, he was back on the field.

This is remarkable, and Big Ten football fans watching the Buckeyes beat Wisconsin were in disbelief to not only see Barrett playing, but also to see him throw for 211 yards and two touchdowns. Oh, he also ran for 60 yards on 19 carries, plus another touchdown.

How was this speedy recovery even possible? ESPN explains the key to his absurdly fast turnaround:

Barrett spent Sunday night sleeping at the house of Ohio State athletic trainer Adam Stewart. The sleepover gave Stewart the chance to continue cold treatments overnight during the crucial first 24 hours after surgery, when swelling was most likely to start him down the path of a setback.

On Monday, Barrett ditched his crutches and his limp was gone.

Barrett started throwing again Wednesday, gradually increasing his practice participation throughout the week leading up to the Big Ten championship game.

More from ESPN:

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said his faith in Barrett’s ability to make a play never wavered.

“It never does,” Meyer said. “I’ve had [Tim] Tebow, and this kid’s a lot like him. How you keep him out of a game, I just don’t know how it happens.”

Read the in-depth look at Barrett’s six-day recovery over at ESPN.

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