Inside the world of U.S. pro sports’ Most Valuable Physician

Posted on 17 March, 2015  in Uncategorized

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In 2007, he opened the Andrews Institute, a sprawling, $40 million complex, to go along with the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

But for Andrews, nothing matched being in the stands for Super Bowl XLIV three years ago when the New Orleans Saints played Indianapolis Colts.

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That’s why elite, but broken athletes, college and pro, flock to the Andrews Institute, a surgery center and rehabilitation clinic in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

In 1984, Jack Nicklaus brought his damaged knee to Andrews’ operating room.

Andrews said, “Every time he was tackled, I was saying, ‘Get up get up, get up.

Andrews said, “The thing that really caught my eye was out of the starting 22 players for the Saints, 12 of the 22, I had operated on.”

Asked about the pressure of dealing with marquee names, Andrews said, “People expect you to fix them regardless of how big a problem they have. Andrews was once inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Andrews said, “He was a challenge, multiple phone calls every day.”

When Washington rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III tore his right knee earlier this month, the Redskins turned to their MVP, most valuable physician — Andrews, arguably the most renowned orthopedic surgeon in all of sports.

This past season, Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Petersen rushed for his 2,000th yard. And the pressure builds and builds and builds. You got to have a special personality to handle that.”

Andrews wrote his book hoping to prevent serious sports injuries, especially among kids, which he sees as an epidemic. That’s a commonplace (thing) that goes on on my cell phone seven days a week.”

Andrews said, “That really put me on the map to some degree. Asked how often he gets phone calls from an NFL general manager or agent or athlete saying they need help, Andrews said, “Well, I have had probably five or six this morning. But he’s not an athlete — he’s an orthopedic surgeon.

Pro football is a violent game and people do get hurt, so most NFL sports executives and agents carry around one doctor’s phone number the way the rest of us do our family physicians. His institute is researching stem cell technology, which he sees as the next frontier of sports medicine.

Editor’s note: “Any Given Monday” is published by Simon Schuster, a division of CBS.

(CBS News) Dr. His patients have included Michael Jordan, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, and both Manning brothers, Peyton and Eli.. He did it one year to the day Andrews repaired his left knee.

He’s now written a book called “Any Given Monday,” about how he’s helped some of the biggest names in sports come back from devastating injuries.

In those days — the 1970s — orthopedic surgeons usually repaired a damaged joint by cutting it open. Hope you’re OK.’ But there was some anxiety watching him out there. That was the big word back in those days.”

Andrews, now 70, could open a multi-sport Hall of Fame in his operating room. “So for me, the arthroscope is the number one revelation over the last 40, 50 years.”

Andrews recalled, “When I started, sports medicine wasn’t even a word. They all know Andrews is a one-man powerhouse of second chances.

Bo Jackson was his signature football patient. And then I had my career in baseball and that signature patient was Roger Clemens.”

He had also operated on nine Colts players, 21 of the 44 starters on offense and defense for both teams. Andrews pioneered the arthroscopic approach in the operating room that’s less invasive and less traumatic, and has a faster recovery.

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But no piece of equipment gets worked out there more than his cell phone. We all wanted to be team physicians. James R. Andrews said, “To know I had in some small way, some small relationship with those two teams that were playing, that was probably as high a mark in my career as there ever has been.”

“Up until that point, you had to open the knee wide open to see anything and even then you really couldn’t see,” Andrews said

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