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Down by fourteen with ten minutes left in the game. Time seems to slow down as I land hard in the endzone. Touchdown! When I try to get up, I feel excruciating pain - my shoulder was out of its socket. We would lose the game that night and the next few as well. I couldn’t help but feel it was my fault. Football is an unique sport, requiring such physical and mental intensity that you can momentarily forget your problems. To us it’s more than a game, it’s our release. During my freshman year I learned just how powerful it was. One weekend, my parents explained to me they were getting divorced. I didn’t understand how my life could go from perfect to watching my world collapse. I felt the same way about the divorce as I did with getting injured - there was nothing I could do about it. Instead, I learned to channel my energy into the game, pushing myself harder on the field to move forward. Football didn’t solve my problems and my redirected energy didn’t win us more games.
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