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Knee Injuries Aside, Goines Prepares for the NFL

Posted July 21, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT

— It's been a long haul for former N.C. State wide receiver Eddie Goines. After a couple of tough knee injuries, Goines is taking one more shot at the NFL.

He set the standard at N.C. State for all receivers in 1994. But in the eight games of his senior season, a severe knee injury, the first of two, left Eddie Goines wondering if he ever would be ready mentally for the NFL.

"I felt like I was over it, but that very first game out there we played on turf, the Hall of Fame game, I didn't want to make the wrong cut out there, and just being away from the game," Goines recalls. "Then having to deal with that. I felt like I was in the twilight zone out there. It was a whole another world."

To bring focus to that world, Goines trains with several NFL players and another former State speedster, Alvis Whitted.

"Pushing myself everyday with those guys," says Goines. "That's where all the confidence and your ability to do some positive things comes from."

The hard work has paid off. Goines recently signed a contract with the New York Giants.

"The more I work out everyday, the more confidence I get back," Goines admits. "I feel like I'm ready to play. I'm thrilled about another chance to fulfill my dream."

That new attitude is what will help Eddie Goines reach the next level.