Jay Hawkins only missed 2 games while playing soccer and basketball at Peoria Christian. But four years later things are different.
There was a time when Jay Hawkins never shied away from competition. Because when you're as active as he is the activity that hurts the most to do, is nothing. It was just two years ago, while playing in a soccer match at Olivet Nazarene University, that Jay's life came to a complete stop.
Jay Hawkins said, "The physical therapist at my college diagnosed it as a sprained ankle. But it was never really a sprained ankle. My ankle, it got hit so hard that the cartilage starting wasting away, the cartilage wasting wasting away."
Till there was none left.
Hawkins said, "It all happened so fast I tried to play through my injury, then I find out I need surgery. Tough, tough break, it's been slow getting back since then."
Jay has since transferred to Bradley University. He admits he should have gotten a second opinion on the ankle. After the surgery, he says he set himself back farther by becoming active too soon. But Jay says it's too tough to rest. He always has to be doing something. Yes this injury has taught Jay many lessons. One being that there's more to life than playing soccer.
Hawkins said, "I'm a firm believer that everything works out for the best.
But as much as Jay's learned about himself he'd give a lot to compete just one more time."
Hawkins Friend Travis Proehl said, "Seeing him play again for Bradley would be pretty neat, it would be a pretty proud moment for me even as a friend."
I'll give it a go if I can't, I'll live but it'd be nice to live that dream and play at Bradley University for even a semester if I could..And what a dream that would be.