A few years ago, in the course of my undergraduate study,...

A few years ago, in the course of my undergraduate study, I played on the college's football team. My four years on the team afforded me many opportunities to overcome physical limitations of various sorts; but one of the most meaningful was the healing I experienced during my junior year.

Prior to the start of my junior year, I had begun to find my niche on the team and was excited about the upcoming season. As the summer training camp ensued, I felt confident about my role on the team and my ability to perform in my position. However, at the end of the camp, I learned a lesson about human will.

A week prior to the first game of our regular season, our team played a scrimmage against a regular season opponent. I was starting in the first sequence of plays as a defensive tackle. But not long after the scrimmage had begun, I was tangled in a group of players tackling the ball carrier and sprained my ankle. My first thought was, "Oh, no, there goes the season."

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November 4, 1991

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