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Emptying my Notebook

Here are a few extra quotes from my interview with Jordan Steffy’s mother, Shari Steffy-Long. I have a ton more, but wanted to keep this somewhat reasonable to digest:

“What I am always telling him is that he can have his head held high because he gives 100 percent every time he do something, he doesn’t quit, and whether he started or not he is such a team leader and a team player. I said, ‘You know what kind of a person you are, so there is nothing you have to feel bad about. You go do your best. When the season is over, you move on to the next thing.’

“It was funny. The day he was named starter, we had a barbecue and when I came in I had all the messages on my phone from everyone calling. I didn’t even get to talk to him. He called me in the middle of his classes. I never got his call until after they had left messages. I had a ton of them. One of neighbors came over. The first message was friends from Connecticut.

“I knew he was having really bad headaches for quite a while and I knew his short-term memory was gone. He would be walking to class and not know where his classes were. He would feel discouraged about that. He was feeling bad about football but had never had a concussion to that degree before. That was really scary for him just not knowing where he was going. The most important thing was him being healthy. His health and how he moved on is the most important.

“I do feel same way about it being a calculated risk. Doctors talked to us last year and said the longer length of time between concussions is always better. If Jordan would have said he didn’t want to play this year, he knows that everyone would have totally supported him. He had so many fans last year that came up that I didn’t even know, at different games, and they would say how much they are behind him and how they really care that he is okay that he doesn’t take a chance. They would recognize that he had so many other things in his life going that it certainly was not worth taking a chance.

“I was reading one article and they were saying it was a tragic thing. I don’t really think of it as tragic because with each thing there is a learning there. Second, when Jordan was hit by the car, that was a horrible thing, but that showed how good God is. It could have been so much worse for Jordan, in each thing, you can learn and grow and get stronger. Obviously it was not the ideal thing and even the way Jordan handled it. He still has scars on one of legs that went through windshield. One of nieces said what happened to the leg. You can look and remember how horrible it was or look at it and be reminded how God is always there."

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 30, 2008; 2:12 AM ET
Categories:  Football  | Tags: Jordan Steffy, Shari Steffy-Long  
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