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Phil Loadholt on Attacking Adversity

Posted Feb 10, 2016

The past two seasons have challenged Phil Loadholt with more than his share of adversity.

Loadholt suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Week 12 of the 2014 season. He worked his way back this offseason but suffered an Achilles injury on his second snap of the 2015 preseason.

The right tackle participated in a “Celebrate Perseverance” forum hosted by the Vikings in observance of Black History Month earlier this month. Loadholt said his recovery is “right on track” and that he appreciated the opportunity to participate in the event that recognized contributions made by African Americans.

Loadholt also spoke about the inspiration he draws from people who have overcome adversities beyond injuries.

“There’s going to be adversity in life, no matter what your plan is, you’re going to go through adversity,” Loadholt said. “It’s always about how you handle that adversity. If you shut down and let that adversity take over, you won’t be successful. … When you go through adversity, you’ve got to attack that adversity like it’s part of the route.”