Football is Life … Life is Football! Enough said. I have played football since I was a small child and as I approach middle age, I intend to still stay active in sports or until the final nail is put into my coffin.
From 1982-86 I was a member of the now defunct St. Jerome’s High School Lions. It was during these years that I achieved some of my most memorable personal goals, including the1982-83 Outstanding Lineman Award and the 1984-85 Michael Stanley Targosz Award. We were also the 1985 WCSSAA Senior Football Champions.
For almost two decades I held the highest Waterloo County single-season punting average (46.3 yards) and had every intention of pursuing a kicking career for the Louisiana State University Fighting Tigers – that is until my knee surgery. I suffered a career-threatening injury in the 1980s, which was an evident blow to my professional kicking career.
Now golf has replaced much of that competitive drive. I play both golf and football for fun now and while my days of “training” and “athletic success” are well behind me, my goals for losing weight and leading a healthy second half of my life are still quite attainable.
I first came to Waterloo Sports Medicine Centre because of a nagging pain in my knee, likely a result of my aforementioned ACL tear. Thanks to Dr. Lee and the staff at Waterloo Sports Medicine Centre, I was able to relieve some of the pain after physiotherapy, knee injections and changes to my lifestyle that included loosing weight and increasing muscle, especially in my lower body.
Most of my time is now spent with a 1,900-pound Percheron horse named Onyx. I find that the time I spend with him helps me keep other aspects of my life in perspective and allows me to focus on my energies in a positive way.
I guess that I have transplanted the “team of 12” into a “team of two” these days. I still believe that “Football is Life and Life is Football” – I just tend to execute the plays a little slower and step out of the bounds a little sooner.