Jacobbi McDaniel never gave up. Never even thought about it, honestly.
The Florida State defensive tackle sustained a devastating leg injury in 2011, immobilizing him for more than eight months.
When he tried to come back for his senior season in 2012, he knew immediately he wasn't his old self,A bridge to future
. Not even close. So he wound up taking a redshirt year to try to work his way back into being a legitimate Division-I defensive lineman once again.
He spent countless hours by himself, away from the team, trying to rehabilitate his leg,prada outlet
. Hoping, working, praying.
There were dark days to be sure, days when he wondered if he'd ever wear the garnet and gold again.
But he never gave up.
"Football is my life," McDaniel said. "If I couldnt play football (any) more, it would be a real depressing moment.
Now, as he competes in his final spring as a Seminole, McDaniel says he's fully healthy,celine handbags
, stronger than ever, and ready to make the most of his final season,gucciowner.com
Ive been going to spring practice happy, McDaniel said. Ive been out for almost two years, man. You can put me out there with the (fourth string). Im just coming to play football. It doesnt matter to me.
And hes playing it well, according to FSU coach Jimbo Fisher.
While in his former role as one of Bobby Bowdens assistant coaches, Fisher helped recruit the five-star prospect McDaniel from Madison County High School in 2009. And Fisher said McDaniel has shown bright flashes this spring, as he has gotten more and more comfortable being back on the field.
Hes still getting back in it, Fisher said. I saw the first couple of days he was real tentative, but you see him each day getting better and better.
With the amount of depth and talent FSU has at defensive tackle, the battle for playing time will be very competitive. But McDaniel has already won the hardest battle, he thinks. He has come back from that career-threatening injury to be a part of the competition in the first place.
It was Oct. 15,Cheap true religion jeans
, 2011, in Durham, N.C., that it happened.
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McDaniel was in the starting lineup, and on the Duke Blue Devils first drive of the game, he and a teammate collided violently. His ankle was dislocated,http://www.celinebagsdipper.com/
. It wasnt quite as horrific as the broken leg Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware suffered in the NCAA Tournament last weekend, but it was close.
The bone wasnt sticking out, McDaniel said. I had my ankles taped up pretty good. They said that if I didnt have any tape it probably would have popped out (of the skin). So good thing I had tape on that day.
Regardless, McDaniel was lost for the rest of the season and the following spring. For eight months, he said, he wasnt able to put any pressure on his foot. He was forced to use a motorized scooter, which would allow him to keep his leg airborne and stable,burberry outlet
. It wasnt fun. Especially climbing stairs to his second-floor apartment.
McDaniel tried to come back in time for the 2012 season, but he knew early on that he wasnt going to be able to contribute like he wanted. He certainly wasnt going to play at the level he was at before the injury, when he had worked himself up to first string.
So he just continued to rehab. Hoping for one more shot. Longing to feel like a part of the team again.
Thats a long process, Fisher said. Youre by yourself a lot. And you get that in your head and you can think bad thoughts,said Heber Coach B.J. Greene. It saved us.
, because its hard to stay positive all the time. Especially when youre lonely and youre over there grinding by yourself.
Said McDaniel: When everybody else is at practice and youre doing rehab by yourself, sometimes you can get real down,or Natalie from "The Facts Of Life"
. Every day, I found somebody to talk to.
And now here he is. Back in the pads, back in the gold helmet,Chanel handbag
, back in the trenches.
With one last shot at college football.
Im feeling better than expected to be honest, McDaniel said. And I still have one season to prove myself. One season. It means a lot,9th grade -- Karen Avalos
. It really means a lot. Im going to prove a lot of people wrong.