I felt completely alone…
Who am I supposed to be now? Where do I fit in the world?
It was the very first game of the season and I was playing defense for my college football team. The other team’s running back was headed straight for me. I can see his bright wide eyes looking straight at me as he was about to decide in a split second whether to try and bounce outside me or cut it inside.
I was in my stance ready for him, knowing I had to protect the outside since I was the corner.
Quickly he cuts inside and I planted my foot to lunge into him for the tackle, but instead of pushing off to collide with the running back I suddenly felt my knee shift in a way it shouldn’t have shifted. I immediately went towards the ground instead like someone had just pulled the grass carpet from underneath me.