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Posted by on March 25th, 2012 in blog, CFF Features, Jeff Siverhus | 1 Comment



After reading the following, you will understand why I am so proud to call this young man my son.






    It’s peculiar how life works out sometimes. After winter break came to an end, the team worked hard through the tough off-season training. I, along with a couple of buddies of mine, did even more work on our own; work that nobody else saw or recognized. That’s mainly because often times it was at eleven at night, when other people were in their rooms relaxing. On beautiful Saturday afternoons we would hit the field for extra footwork and ball drills. After every weight training session I would stay after for thirty minutes or so, working my muscles to exhaustion. I did all of this for the love of the game. At the start of the second week of spring ball, my position coach told me that we were starting to get thin at Defensive End due to injuries. He and the other coaches thought that with my speed off the edge I would be a great weapon on the line. My first day proved to be a learning curve. I showed flashes of greatness here and there, mainly from pure athleticism. After only one day, I had already moved up in the depth chart. However, during the second day at my new position, during a half-line drill, I dislocated my left kneecap. After screaming out in pain, a few choice words to my trainer, and my kneecap being put back in place, the first thing I did was pray that everything would work out the way it needed to. The past couple of days I have been a complete bum due to my inability to walk around. Ice, elevation, and rest have been my best friends. A simple trip to the bathroom or up the hill to the café is equivalent to a full body workout, it seems. In many cases similar to mine, people want to ask the infamous question, “Why me?” After all of the hard work that I have put into making myself the best football player I can be, I could make myself feel legit in asking that question. I find that approach to be a little too superficial for my taste. While I will be out of playing football, working out, and doing drills for the spring, I’m not out for life. I have much to be thankful for, both in the improvement of my game on the field, and personal growth off the field. I see this as an opportunity to test my mental toughness. It is an opportunity that says, “You can quit now if you want. Or, you can push through this, and prove that comebacks are never cliché.” I choose the latter of the two.

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  1. Herschel says:

    I dislocated my knee cap. Missed one game. Played the next five as OLB & TE. At age 45 had major surgery. At 77 had it replaced. Played flag ball,tennis, racquet ball, golf and skied for years. Ran 6 miles a day til a back injury slowed me down at 65. For love of the game, never give up. You can do it.

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