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The Effects of Injury - January 21, 2009

Suffering an injury for the first time in my career was more shocking for me after playing a 130 straight games than painful. It was a hugh disappointment not being available to help my team and teammates win; not to mention the 6mons of hard work in the off season to play only 4 games, but I injury is part of the game.
The fact of never being injured or missing a game, coupled with people saying that I wouldn't be healthy in 2 and a half months, was a driving force in bring out my competitive nature to accomplish that goal. Well, I did get back healthy in that exact time frame and practice with the team for the last five games of the season including the playoff game. Tearing a Pec is easily a 6-8 month period to be totally healthy enough to practice, that's why my teammates called it "The Miracle From the Lord" so I have to give God the glory because he did the healing. Before I could work hard, I had to be all healed up first.

On to 2009 though; with a major injury, at the age of 31 in worldwide sports comes the doubters, the naysayers, and those who say he's washed up, finished, or my favorite, over the hill; which drives me once again in my mad scientist lab I call training to prove them wrong. AGAIN!

I look forward to the 2009 Season and being back in that 6-time CFL ALL-STAR form, and you better believe I have a major chip on my shoulder. HAPPY NEW YEAR everybody!!!

Peace be with you and your house and may you proper and be in good help even as your soul prosper

- Barrin Simpson