Alabama's rugged nose guard earned his scholarship by absorbing punishment and double teams. Sometimes it was more like wrestling Gators.
The play in the Swamp on Oct. 1 ended like many others in Chapman's Crimson Tide career with one significant difference: days later during an MRI, he learned he had torn the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee.
"Normally I can deal with pain pretty well, but after three days I needed an MRI," Chapman said. "Dr. (Lyle) Cain said he's never seen a guy that can have a torn ACL and still stay that stable."
Chapman said he made the choice to finish the season, and to put off surgery. More than three months after the injury, he underwent the procedure Tuesday and is rehabilitating at Alabama.
So why did the likely NFL player continue on a bum leg and risk further injury?
"I didn't really want to give up like that," said the former Hoover High star. "I enjoyed playing. As long as it stayed right, I could play."
Josh Chapman played most of 2011 for Alabama on torn ACL, meniscus