Broken bones are a helluva lot easier to deal with than torn ligaments.
One thing is certain. The first two reconstructions were performed by the team doctor and the third was performed by the #1 knee surgeon in the country. The first two failed, the third was successful. But I'm sure that's just coincidence.
He stayed in the game because they were trying to get to be ranked in the top 4. Margin of victory matters in college football. It’s dumb to leave your starters in during a blowout in the NFL, but college teams will do it to increase their rankings.
Nothing was botched.
Most injuries are random and/or bad luck, including all 3 of TD58's ACL tears.
Each successive ACL surgery TD58 had was more complex. It is true that all surgeons are not created equal. Pat Connor was perfectly capable of handling each of the surgeries he performed, and he did just fine on both. There was nothing wrong with the rehab after either surgery.
The 3rd surgery was more complex than the first 2 and Andrews was better suited to perform that particular operation. It was a good decision.
TD58's luck has been much better since.
Oh wait....he did break his forearm in the NFC Championship Game in Feb of 2016, two short weeks before the Super Bowl....
....that was bad luck.
Care to guess who performed the surgery prescribed the rehab on that arm?
Both of which combined allowed TD58 to play in Super Bowl 50...
Yup....Dr. Patrick M. Connor.