ATLANTA — The recovery was tough. The climb back was a veritable Mt. Rushmore of frustration and pain.
But Kyle Jackson believes every minute was well worth it.
“It’s been a long road, but I’m excited to be back,” the junior inside linebacker said.
Jackson ’s daunting, yet unexpected journey began more than a year ago, when, with his foot stuck underneath a pair of hulking teammates, he tried to complete a tackle during Georgia Tech’s T-Day spring game that year.
ILB Kyle Jackson pictured here from 2008. He was a regular that season, before a foot injury last spring forced him to miss 2009.
As he would later recount, even though the spring game wouldn’t factor into actual wins or losses for the Yellow Jackets, it was still an opportunity to showcase maximum effort to his coaches. And, as a vigorous competitor, he was not trying to turn down such a monumental challenge.
So, before he knew it, there was a pop, but that wasn’t enough to send him to the turf with a thud. In fact, despite the discomfort and throbbing in his foot, he thought he could keep playing.
That was a mistake.
Little did Jackson know at the time, but during the tackle, he had dislocated his lisfranc, a joint connecting the metatarsals in his foots. That single act of overexertion would provide him months of medical limbo and medical glory, as well as a season lost. It caused him to have to sat idly by wondering if he would ever play again......
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