It's the latter stories Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis has paid the most attention to.
Now 10 months removed from tearing the ACL in his left knee, Revis believes the stories are helping him make the best recovery possible from an injury that has been known to destroy football careers.
“I've never been through an ACL injury before, so you just kind of listen to what people have to say about it,'' said Revis, who was injured in Week 3 last season while playing for the New York Jets.
“It (helps) because when they tell you this is going to happen and then you go through it yourself you're like, 'Oh yeah.' Your mind is already programmed to be ready for it and so it's like, 'Cool.' ''
Revis, a four-time Pro Bowl selection considered among the league's elite defenders, was forced to cool it again Tuesday during the Bucs' latest offseason workout, relegated again to watching from the sidelines. He did sneak in a bit of post-practice work with his position group, though.
When safety Dashon Goldson and cornerbacks Leonard Johnson and Danny Gorrer began working on a drill designed to enhance their ability to read a receiver's eyes as the ball approaches, Revis stepped in and played quarterback.
Beyond that, Revis remained limited to working almost exclusively with Bucs trainer Todd Toriscelli, whose objective is to have Revis ready for the season opener Sept. 8 against his former team, the Jets.
Running without the aid of a brace and with no discernible limp, Revis suggested he's right on track.
“Todd might have to tell me to slow down a little bit, but I am going forward and I am cutting now because I feel good,'' Revis said. “I'm cutting and running and just doing what I have to do.
“Even in the weight room we are getting stronger. There is really no percentage I can put on it right now, but I can tell you that I feel better than I did a couple weeks ago.''
Revis, who came to the Bucs in a pre-draft trade in April, is making good progress off the field, too. He's been a regular in team and position group meetings and said he has quickly developed a comfort level with the Bucs' defense.
“In the meeting rooms and the walkthroughs he's doing very well,'' Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. “You (still) have to go out and do it at full speed, but he's not a rookie, and he's got a real good football mind.
“So, he's doing a good job with his rehab and all those things and he's also doing a real good job in the classroom. And those, really, are the two things he really can do right now.''
The only other thing Revis can do is remain patient. That's one of the lessons he's learned from soliciting the ACL rehab stories of football and non-football players alike. And he's solicited a lot of them.
One person he has not contacted, however, is Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who bounced back to win the 2012 NFL MVP award after tearing his left ACL and MCL in December 2011.
“No, I have not talked to him at all,'' Revis said. “But I've heard a million stories. You hear about the tragedies and everything. Everybody says it's a pain and a long process. It usually takes six months to a year to recover, and some people recover faster than others and some don't. It just takes time. But it helps to get educated on what you're going through, so it's been good.
“And overall, it's going well. I'm just taking the steps every day that I have to take just to improve. That's basically what we're trying to do right now. We're just trying to improve every day.''