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It’s been a long road to get here and I am glad I made it. A lot goes on for your senior year, and I am ready to get going.
As I’ve felt better and had no major medical issues for a bit, I am giving it a go with a full load of classes this year. For me, the best thing is that through everything I’ve gone through, I do not have any cognitive issues and can take normal classes like everyone else – including Pre Calculus.
The early morning, with my start at 8 am, is a bit tough, as sleep is key when you’ve had some brain issues, and I’ll power through it.
I had a pretty good summer as most of my time was spent continuing with my rehab, 4 times a day workouts, summer football, hanging with my buddies Iain, Zach and Ed before they went off to Boulder for school. Oh, and we also moved to San Clemente too.
Right now, the best thing I can say is I AM PLAYING FOOTBALL AGAIN!
Here’s a few highlights from my first couple games on JV. If you click on the photo, it will take you to my Hudl account and you can scroll down to see a few plays from the four games I’ve played in so far: Norco, Corona Del Mar, Calabasas and Bishop Amat. I’m getting there, but not done yet. I have a lot more to accomplish and need to get way faster.
It’s been a long road to get back, with intensive PT, Acupuncture, extra workouts – some days I’ve done football in the morning, summer school, PT, my blue bag workout (structured agility workout Mike from M&M physical therapy built for me) and then to boxing with Gary Ballard – so far it’s paid off. I’ve been playing about 3 quarters per game on JV for now but I haven’t come close yet to reaching my goal.
I attribute a lot of my #NEGU attitude and focus, to football and years of athletics, but the JSerra football program and my coaches over the last 4 years really prepared me for the fight I have undertaken.
I also have some added fuel to my fire from a few kids that told me “Come on Zach, really? You’ll never be able to play football again.” Well guess what… I am just getting started.