The road goes ever on. Or, so they say. How that road goes varies for each individual. For some, it's easy. For others, it can be arduous indeed. And, for some, it may seem like someone up there just doesn't like you very much. Jordan Adams has had his own road, a unique one, but as you can imagine, it's one that he's trying to put in his rearview mirror if he can.
At his home in
Santee, California Jordan Adams waits. He
waits for a visit to come from coaches at the University of Nebraska. He waits, but does so in
anguish. "At that point, it was so bad I could barely stand." Adams said.
You see, Adams had a problem, one that has been fairly well
chronicled, but we'll recap it a bit just to bring everyone up to
Adams contracted mono early last year. If that were it, no
big deal, get over it and move on. That wasn't it, however.
turned into not just a virus, but a catalyst to what would eventually be a much
more serious issue.
I won't endeavor to
try and recite the medical definitions or why this did that or what not, but
suffice it to say, the mono led to problems with Adams' spleen, that organ eventually needing to be
Oh, if it was only
"For eight months,
it was just this unbelievable pain." Adams said
of his condition prior to his surgery to remove the spleen. "You just want it to
It didn't. It only
built and from the moment he realized just a portion of that building agony, the
Huskers came knocking on his door.
Following a season
at Grossmont Community College where Adams served as a back up in
his first year there, his time wasn't much, but when his opportunities arose,
Adams made the most of them and then
In his one regular
season start for Grossmont, Adams threw for a
school record 531 yards. Obviously, someone from Nebraska took notice.
And, on that day
when the staff came to visit him, all Adams
could think of was the pain and hoping beyond hope that his current condition
wouldn't squelch the biggest opportunity of his brief football career. "Yeah, I
was pretty worried about that." Adams said. "I
just kept thinking to myself that they would hear how bad it was and that would
"But, I told them
what was going on and they understood. We just didn't know it was as bad as it
Bad? Yeah, you might
say that, Adams going from his robust 200+ lbs.
Weight down to 170 lbs. at one point, his body, his strength, everything
becoming barely a shadow of what he was. Before his division 1-A college
football career would even began, he thought at one point it was over. "That was
the first thing I thought about." Adams said of
football being first in his mind after hearing about his condition. "I had just
gotten the call from coach (Dennis) Wagner asking me to come down." He said.
"That's when my side-pain started happening."
That visit to his
house was worrisome to Adams, because while the
pain had progressed to the point of excruciating, nothing as far as attending to
the dysfunctional spleen had been done.
Adams puts on a smile, tries to stand up and while the
coaches were told then what was going on, it didn't make that moment any easier
for him. "I was down in weight and I was scared they would see me and decide
that they didn't want this guy, but I had told them what was going on and it all
worked out in the end."
Some would find what
"working out" means to Adams as being somewhat
of a disaster themselves. Going into this year, Adams was one of the favorites to lead the Huskers this
year. While that wouldn't have been thought to be a starting position right
away, there was little doubt that Adams could
come in at some point and contribute.
The operation put a
wrench into the works, Adams having to get the
operation two weeks prior to the season, recovering two weeks into the season
and since, now, he's just trying to get back to square one.
"It's like starting
over a little bit." He said. "Really, it's just uphill from now on and I am just
trying to put all that stuff behind me."
Adams wants to get back to playing, but won't
this year, opting to officially use his redshirt this season.
That doesn't mean,
however, that Adams has been or will be
relegated to inactivity. Actually, anything but. Just because Adams can't get into the mix now, he's making sure that
come Spring, being in the mix is exactly where he'll be. "I am getting a lot
more reps (now) so I can get a jumpstart on Spring." He said. "So, I am not
coming back right at Spring, so it's not like a new deal – I am already in the
flow when Spring starts."
When that moment
arrives, Adams will no doubt think at least a little of the already long road
he's taken just to get back to vying for the number one QB position. He might
reflect a moment on Grossmont and his record-setting game. He might even ponder
for a brief instant where he was and the pain he was in when his condition was
as bad as it could be.
He might, but not by
choice as Adams, looking almost relieved and
just glad to be out there with the rest of the players finally without pain,
he's hoping that he doesn't think about it at all. "I've knocked on a wood a few
times." Adams said. "I'm just trying not to
think about all that right now."
"I'm not going to
look back to see where I was. I am just looking forward to the