By: Jacob L
Jimmy is an all star running back and safety on his junior high team and is going to make the transition from Junior High to High School. The end of the season marks his “off season” when he rests for the next season from all the hits he took during the season. One day, he is given a topic to write about, and Jimmy had gotten Brain Injuries in sports. He is very unhappy in his topic and asked for a change but was not granted a different one. He hated the topic because he thought nothing was wrong with football causing brain injuries.
Then on Monday, the week after football season was over, they had a research day. Jimmy wasn’t doing anything because he had thought his topic was terrible, until he was forced to work. He had looked on google and only found what good sports could do for you until he read about all the player who got brain injuries and how they are impacted. There was one about the NFL being in trouble with the concussion lawsuit. He thought it all was bogus and if it happened, it happened, but concussions are a big deal and is very bad for one's health.
He read that the concussions had a serious effect on the brain and can kill. He also saw the symptoms and seen he had suffered from a few too many concussions in the football season, but had never told any one because he thought it was normal to be concussed after a game or practice. Jimmy had a huge choice to make. Either get help then have to give up on sports or tell no one and then keep playing sports and risk endangering his life by the way of brain injury.
“Mom, I have an important question!” Jimmy declared.
“What's wrong Jim? Everything Ok?” Mom asked.
“Yes and no.” Jimmy shyly stated.
Mom was confused and asked, “What do you mean and what is wrong?”
“I have to make the choice either to keep playing sports and keep getting my brain injured or quite sports and live a normal life where I wouldn’t risk my brain!” screamed Jimmy.
“Jim, it seems like a no - brainer to me but I know how invested you are in into your sports so it’s up to you. I can’t make the choice for you but you should quit and be safe,” declared Mom.
Jimmy stormed out of the house and marched up the street to Dave’s his coach’s house. He had the two thoughts in his head the whole time and couldn't make up his mind. He had made a decision by thinking of the damage he doesn't want to go through again. He had knocked on the door, and his coach greeted him at the door.
“Well if it ain’t my favorite football player, Mr. Jimmy,” announced Coach Dave.
“Coach I’m here because I'm going to quit the team,” stated Jimmy.
“What? Why is that? Is there something wrong?” Coach Dave asked.
“Well Coach, I have suffered too many blows to the head and if this doesn't stop I going to be very hurt or even dead,” said Jimmy.
“Ok Jim, I understand and respect you for that, so I would like you to become the assistant coach for the team. Then next year, be the assistant for the high school team.” said Coach Dave.
Jimmy had gone home and told his parents of the decision he had made and the assistant coaching “job” Jimmy got. Jimmy also had been praised by his parents for his actions and choice to give up his sports. He was also praised by his coach for the man he was to have to quit the team by doing it face to face. Jimmy was very good at being an assistant coach for the high school team and has moved on to working for the NFL. Jimmy is an assistant coach for the Chicago Bears along with John Fox as the head coach, but Jimmy one day hopes to get that job being the head coach when he is given to him and he will take it. Jimmy also created a charity to help people be safe and help to cure brain injuries. Each year Jim helps 250,000 people with the help of his charity Jimmy knows that the dangers of being a player would not be as fun because of the risks he was talking and hasn't regretted the choice once because he knows it was the right choice to make for him and his family.
Ms.Backstrom's class has been working on creative writing pieces based around 'big question' research. Take a look at what they've come up with!