In 2003, I tore my ACL in summer training camp for football. My coach told me I could move to linebacker, put a brace on it, and play any way. So I did.
It became a team motto, "just tape it" (I had to put a ton of tape on that brace to hold it on). I finished that season with a torn ACL, torn rotator cuff, and a broken finger. I also finished that season with 17.5 QB sacks, over 100 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 2 defensive player of the game awards.
1 hour ago I found I out that tore that same ACL again. Being given that news was like hearing nails on a chalkboard. It reminded me of how I felt the first time I found out. Then, I remembered all the awesome stuff I did afterwards. I've never let circumstances dictate my outcomes in life.
I've learned a lot from working through injuries over the years, about life and what it means to be tough. Playing through an injury isn't tough - its always easy for me - all I had to do was NOT get surgery or drain fluid out of my knee (I would do this by myself with a giant string and needle right before BJJ practice). It's easy because I'm one-track minded. The injury is just an obstacle (even if it requires surgery). I've worked through injuries my whole life because I just wanted to play/roll/be active. That's not being tough. That's being driven (which is different). Tough is being on your own with a kid that has cancer all by yourself in an airport; with a canceled flight and no place to stay. That kind of toughness is a choice. Tough is a state of mind. #noacl #noaclnoproblem #riseup #letsgochamp #bjj #jiujitsu #bjjmotivation #teamfuji #bjj4life #bjjlife #jiujitsugoals #jiujitsulifestyle #bjjlifestyle #lazyloverjiujitsu #bjjmoves #sdbjj #graciehumaita #grappling