For week three I’m sharing some of what Rugby did for me. I’ve told others (and I believe it to be true) that rugby saved my life. I played a bit in college…more or less I was a tackling dummy. It wasn’t until I started teaching did I start playing full-time to lose weight and make friends. During my time playing rugby I went through a series of life changes. I blew out my ACL. I shattered my face playing one day. Who would have know that you could jam your collarbone just like you jam a finger…and boy did it hurt. I suffered a litany of other bangs, bruises, contusions, etc. I routinely showed up to teach 8th grade with a black eye, or on crutches.
Despite these trials and tribulations, I gained a lot from playing. I gained a series of life-long friends. One of my best friends is godfather to my son. I met my Wife through another friend from the team. Finally, I’m part of a larger “family” through rugby. I can commiserate and share war stories from the past. I’ve also tried to “pay it forward” by supporting youth rugby. I did a lot to start up a boys and girls U-19 rugby team in the area. Rugby saved my life. I want to make this possible for others.
Below you’ll find the video for this week.