Remember this commercial?
It was filmed in August 2007 and released later that year on November 5th.
At the time of filming, Arenas was battling back from his first knee surgery resulting from the original injury that occurred on April 4, 2007. He would appear in the Wizards’ first eight games of the 07-08 season before shutting it down for a second surgery on November 21st.
Young, starting his second NFL season, was benched for the Titans’ preseason opener against the Redskins because he left the team’s hotel the night before the game. He had an okay 2007 season, helping guide the Titans to a 10-6 record and a playoff appearance. Tennessee lost to the San Diego Chargers in the wild card game.
Trouble came to a head for Young in late 2008. In a span of a week in mid-September, he was booed by his hometown fans in the season opener, injured his knee, disappeared with rumors of suicide contemplation, and was ultimately relegated to the bench. Titans coach Jeff Fisher named Kerry Collins the starter for the rest of the season.
During the same time period, Arenas’ struggles to return to the court continued and culminated with his third knee surgery on September 17, 2008. He would make a brief two game return to the court in the Spring of 2009, but really wasn’t “back.”