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A Field Full Of Reality Compares & Contrasts My Experience In Life And How This Event Has Helped Me To Become More Successful In Things That I Try To Accomplish.

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A Field Full Of RealityAthlete, the word often conjures up the image of a person, who is extraordinarily muscular, with next to no body fat. It can also be a person that possesses unbelievable agility, stamina and strength, able to move the heaviest boulders, even leap the tallest buildings. I am not that person, not that type of athlete. In fact my career as one is not what most consider successful. I have always enjoyed participating in athletics. My ability may not have always been equal to my enthusiasm for playing the particular sport, but one thing is for sure I always have tried my hardest.My first desired sport was football. I was constantly trying to push myself even further being the smallest of the team. I studied our playbook several times to the point that after each break from a huddle I was re-directing first year players where to go and what to do. On offensive plays where I played the running back position I would break through the seams provided by my offensive linesmen, but no matter how good I looked running the ball in for that touchdown or how many yards I gained for that first down, I didn't think that the amount of yards that I ran for was ever enough. I would run the wide receiver patterns, nevertheless most of the time my outstretched hands would not always end up with the ball in them. It always seemed that no matter how high I jumped to catch some of those passes they seemed to be traveling into outer-space. About the only thing I figured that I could do the best was run. I was short and small, so naturally I was fast. I would run to and from positions on the field, frustrated trying to find my niche amongst the team. There were times that I stood on the sideline, encouraging my teammates on the playing field trying to impress my coaches with my enthusiasm, if not my ability and love for football.The summer of 1999, the season was about to begin. I had moved up into the intermediate division and players were much bigger and stronger. I knew that it would take a lot of hard work and determination to land a first team offensive spot in the intermediate division. It had come day for my second practice, August 10, 1999. I took the hand-off, as I spun to my left to break a tackle, I didn't feel my feet leave the ground, and my body turned. I fell and felt a sharp pain run through my left ankle. The pain slowly decreased, and as I got up I could hardly walk, but I shook the injury off and took my position behind the quarter back again. We ran the same play, this time my ankle just gave way, and I fell to the floor, and screamed in pain. I was slowly walked off the field and over to the sidelines by the team medics. As I sat there in anguish they opened my cleats. I began to move my ankle slightly so the team medics assumed that it wasn't broken. That night when I got home as I soaked my body in rubbing alcohol, and put ice on my ankle I wondered about the rest of the season, would I be...

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