TCU ex Diarse says there's a difference between playing hurt and playing injured

Former TCU wide receiver John Diarse might have a future in politics.

He showed an innate ability to avoid any controversial statements when asked about former TCU wide receiver Kolby Listenbee’s lawsuit against the school, coach Gary Patterson and others over alleged mishandling of an injured player.

“To me, I believe every guy’s situation is different,” said Diarse, who is training for his pro day at Michael Johnson Performance. “The training staff, coaching staff do their best to – I believe – put you in the best situation. Every situation is different for every guy, so I can’t pinpoint a certain mentality that everyone is supposed to possess because everyone is different in their own way.

“To me, like I said, every situation is different.”

Diarse never crossed paths with Listenbee in college. Diarse spent his first three college years at LSU (2013-15, redshirting 2013) and then played his final two at TCU (2016-17) as a graduate transfer.

Diarse believes both programs handled any situation he had well.

“I believe I put myself in the best situation that I could, both on and off the field, and keeping the mentality that staying healthy keeps me on the field,” Diarse said. “So that’s spending extra time in the training room, doing extra reps in the weight room, over time in the film room and everything. So I think that putting yourself in the best position in all three phases of it increases your chance of staying healthy and I feel that’s what I did in my time there.”

Asked about the old football cliché of difference between playing hurt and playing injured, Diarse said, "There is a difference. I was always told that everybody is playing hurt – nobody is playing 100 percent fresh each and every week.

“Being injured is something that takes you out of the game that you actually need recovery and medical attention for. There is two different aspects of it. My personal belief, again everybody is different, just from me personally, there’s a difference between the two. Some guys can play hurt, some guys can’t play hurt. It’s a mentality thing I believe. Injuries, obviously, I wouldn’t encourage anybody to play with an injury, a true injury, something that needs serious medical attention.

“Every situation is different, everybody is different and the mentality judges that result.”

Diarse said he had a “great” relationship with Patterson, and believes TCU has put him in position to pursue a possible NFL career. He wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, but is readying himself for TCU’s pro day on March 30. The NFL Draft is April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Diarse is coming off his most productive college season with 35 catches for 575 yards and three touchdowns.

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