By Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - Jack Creighton says he counts his blessings every day.
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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.
‚ÄúThose first four months I was in a neck brace, I couldn‚Äôt do anything to help myself; I felt like I was wasting away,‚ÄĚ said the fifth-year pivot after Sunday‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúIt wasn‚Äôt pretty,‚ÄĚ said Creighton about his first attempts to throw a football. ‚ÄúAfter that I didn‚Äôt think I‚Äôd ever play again, the way I was throwing. It was really sad.‚ÄĚ
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 team‚Äôs starting quarterback.
Feeling fortunate to have another chance at football, he says he‚Äôs learned a few important lessons making him a little wiser at his position.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm not going to try to run over a defender, referring to the collision that resulted in his injury. It‚Äôs an immature thing to do‚Ä¶ Just run out of bounds.‚ÄĚ
Four players from last year‚Äôs lineup have graduated to the CFL. But Creighton‚Äôs confident about the new crop of talent at camp and the team‚Äôs 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, he‚Äôs ready to get going in his final season with the Huskies.
‚ÄúI feel blessed every day. Lots of people have had their necks‚Äô broken and not been as lucky. I feel blessed to be able to play again.‚ÄĚ