Until three years ago, I was pursuing a career in rugby, playing a sport I had enjoyed for the last twelve years. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I no longer enjoy the sport, only that I cannot participate in it as I did in the past. Doing so would go against my doctor’s advice, and I can already imagine him frowning and pushing his glasses up the bridge of his nose. I have seen that look one too many times and would like to avoid it if I can. I have become accustomed to playing the game vicariously by watching others do so from the sidelines. My blog is about my love for this game. And of course, I will also get into my attachment to it as I increase your interest in the game.
Who am I?
My name is Jacob, but most people prefer to call me Jake. I would get into nicknames given to me by my friends and family, but I will save that for later. For now, you can think of me as Jake or J, as my teammates used to call me. I turned 29 this year, and I’m looking forward to the big 30. I certainly don’t get what the fuss is about getting to the third floor, but I guess I will figure it out when I get there.
I started playing rugby back in high school at the age of 14. At the time, being part of a rugby team was everything to a teenager like me. It was before parents became concerned with contact sports and what this cold spell for their children. I can remember my father cheering me on, encouraging me to get up even when I felt that I had undoubtedly broken something in my body. I miss those days.
My love for the game was so intense that I hardly paid attention to anything else. All my thoughts went into being in the field, working out, increasing my speed and endurance, and making sure that I was one of the best players in the field, if not the best. My hard work paid off, and before long, I was being scouted to join some of the country’s best institutions. If I’m honest, all I wanted was to go pro, and quality education was not the first thing on my mind. My mother believed in having a back-up plan and kept pushing me to take up one of the opportunities being given to me. I finally gave in and joined college, where I still had a chance to keep playing and shining.
By the time I was 20, I had gotten so good at it that I was now training juniors. The future was bright, and I was set to have a remarkable career. You probably know a lot about the injuries that result from contact sports. It started slow, but it eventually got to a place where I had extensive nerve damage. That was about three years ago when my doctor made it clear that if I did not get out of the field, I would only have myself to blame if the damage became irreversible. I have since been going through treatment, and the symptoms are much better than they were.
Being out of the field has not dampened my love for the game. If anything, I am more interested than ever in imparting education and skills about the game to anybody willing to listen. So far, I have moved from watching from the sidelines to coaching talented kids and young adults who want to get into the game. Soon enough, I see myself getting back into playing to a small extent as long as my doctor gives the go-ahead (that will not be as soon as I think, knowing how he is. I love his caution, though).
Why a website?
First of all, we live in a digital age where almost everything is accessible online. When I first started teaching people how to play rugby, I remember one of my friends suggested opening a channel or starting blogging about the game. I thought to myself, ‘why not?’ After all, most people prefer accessing information through electronic devices.
Also, I have so much information to give which I feel I cannot cover in one video or article. The website allows me to continue broadcasting information with the help of my online casino partners. You can expect that I will upload a lot of relevant information to everyone, regardless of whether you play rugby. By the time you are done scoring through the articles, you will know much more about the game and will come to see why I cannot wait to get back on the field despite the injury.