In an instant, Griffin Cardew’s football season was over and even worse news for the star Bowdoin athlete from Ipswich was the fact that his senior lacrosse season was also wiped out.
It happened during the Trinity game last month, and the Polar Bear’s linebacker and former Prep star immediately knew something was seriously wrong.
“I blew my knee out; tore my ACL and MCL as well as one meniscus,” said Cardew. “The other is partially attached, and we won’t know if they have to cut it out until the surgery. Dr. Thomas Gill (the New England Patriots doctor) is going to do it and I was fortunate there was a cancellation so I’ll get it done on December 19th instead of the original January date.
“I will have to do a full year of rehabilitation before I’ll be completely back, but I will be able to run and make cuts in nine or 10 months. It’s hard to believe my athletic career ended that day, and it was tough to swallow. I had a lot of high hopes, expectations, and goals for my senior year, but as soon as it happened I knew it was bad.”
The Bowdoin trainer took a look and knew he was dealing with an ACL injury right away. Cardew was coming off a great junior year when he led the league in total tackles with 97 and was named first team All NESCAC. Cardew had double digit tackles in six of the eight games, including a career-high 17 against Bates.
He also set a record for the longest play in school history with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown against Tufts. After an outstanding career for the Eagles, he went to Loomis Chaffee, where he was All New England. Cardew was a captain in high school, prep school, and college. He was named a 2013 preseason All-American by USA Football Network.