Bulldogs’ football players constantly aware of risks for major injury
ATHENS – For John Jenkins, the harsh realities of the physical battle he had just waged didn’t hit him until the Florida game was over. Only then, when the adrenaline had subsided and he had to make the long walk to the locker room, did he realize how much he actually hurt.
“I didn’t really realize how tough it was until the end of the game when I felt how banged up my body was,” said Jenkins, a 6-foot-3, 358-pound senior noseguard who is playing with ankle and wrist injuries. “Sunday I was so sore. But during the game, my adrenaline was going so much I didn’t realize how tough and physical everything was.
“When the game was over it, like, drained out of me, mentally, emotionally and physically.”
This is the side of college football that people outside the game often forget about. Everybody knows football is a physical sport, but the mental and physical grind of it usually is not appreciated until a player ends up writhing on the field in pain and has to be helped off of …
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