By Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - Jack Creighton says he counts his blessings every day.
© Metro Halifax/Jeff Harper
Saint Mary's Quarterback Jack Creighton gets ready to throw a pass during practice at Huskies Stadium on Sunday.
Fast-forward 11 months, and the 24-year-old was back with the boys at training camp and looking like his old self.
âThose first four months I was in a neck brace, I couldnât do anything to help myself; I felt like I was wasting away,â said the fifth-year pivot after Sundayâs practice at Huskies Stadium.
But even in that state, Creighton sustained his fire to play again. After the neck brace came off he spent the next four months endeavouring to become a football player again.
It was far from easy.
âIt wasnât pretty,â said Creighton about his first attempts to throw a football. âAfter that I didnât think Iâd ever play again, the way I was throwing. It was really sad.â
But his perseverance paid off. His muscle memory gradually came back, along with his strength and stamina.
With the start of summer, things were looking up and he was feeling like his old self. Now, here he is poised to be the teamâs starting quarterback.
Feeling fortunate to have another chance at football, he says heâs learned a few important lessons making him a little wiser at his position.
âIâm not going to try to run over a defender, referring to the collision that resulted in his injury. Itâs an immature thing to doâŠ Just run out of bounds.â
Four players from last yearâs lineup have graduated to the CFL. But Creightonâs confident about the new crop of talent at camp and the teamâs ability to bounce back from a challenging campaign in which the Huskies went down to the Acadia Axemen in the conference final.
With a new outlook on life, heâs ready to get going in his final season with the Huskies.
âI feel blessed every day. Lots of people have had their necksâ broken and not been as lucky. I feel blessed to be able to play again.â