PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 30: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates during the game with Max Starks #78 against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field on October 30, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Odds were long against him, suffering a torn ACL in the team's final game last season, and to make it all the way back from that in time to participate in training camp would be special, indeed.
Starks doesn't just believe he'll be back, he's putting in the intense amount of work it takes to repair the ligament to the point he'd be able to play for the Steelers in 2012.
What that would mean to the roster is interesting in and of itself.
Starks responded to a tweet from Steelers Depot, asking if he'd be ready for training camp, which begins a little less than a month from now.
He also pointed out he reached "peak force" in squats, and that it "feels good to almost be back to 100 percent."
Starks is a fan favorite. As the only player in NFL history to start at both tackle positions for a Super Bowl champion, and having essentially bailed the Steelers out last year, it's hard not to root for him.
If the Steelers deemed him worthy of a contract (he's currently an unrestricted free agent), it would give the Steelers a training camp depth chart at tackle consisting of Starks, Marcus Gilbert, Jonathan Scott, Mike Adams, Chris Scott and Kyle Jolly.
Or, it would essentially make Jonathan Scott and his contract look mighty expendable.