Chris Jacobson said linemen too, get teary-eyed over certain things. This, of course, he answered when asked it this Saturday's senior day--his last home game--would be an emotional one.
"This is my third (senior day)," Jacobson joked. "You run over there to meet your parents, who have supported you your whole career; that's also emotional.
"I do cry in the movies, too, like when there's a chic flick. I'll cry."
Anyone who has followed Jacobson's career, or seen his interviews over the years, knows that when he makes a comment like that--he likes to kid, but be sincere at the same time.
There's a number of things Jacobson had to either endure or go through in his time. It started off in the second week of training camp in his true freshman year of 2007. He suffered a dislocated knee cap, forcing him to miss that season. At that point, he was at least on the two-deep, looking to possibly see the field.
After redshirting in 2007, he was in a fierce competition with then senior Joe Thomas for the starting spot at left guard. He battled Thomas all the way to the end, before former head coach Dave Wannstedt favored Thomas. To this day, the job could have been given to either player. There wasn't any one thing that either did better over the other at the time. Wannstedt favored the veteran.
To show how seriously he was in contention, Wannstedt gave Jacobson the start in the 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl--the first of his career.
Jacobson started all 13 games in 2010, and the first three of the 2011 season under Todd Graham. He suffered another injury in the third game against Iowa; one that once again ended his season. However, he almost immediately knew he was going to be eligible to come back for a sixth year.
Looking back at his career, would he change anything?
"Nothing," Jacobson said. "I'm blessed to be here another year, which was great; another great coaching staff that I got to encounter with. That's more people in my life. I've made great connections at the university. I earned a degree here last year, and I'll have another one here (Legal Studies) in a bit."
Jacobson returned to form this year, and has started all 12 games. In fact, his leadership--he and Ryan Turnley--has been key in this first year of the Paul Chryst era. He hopes to leave at least one important mantra behind.
"Every player is going to have adversity, and you just have to keep playing," Jacobson said."Coach Chryst is doing a great job. He's getting his message across. He wants kids to successful, and he wants kids to graduate from here. He wants things to be on the right path, and things to be done the right way. I'm proud to leave here the way it is, and its just going to get better."
Looking back at games at Heinz Field, he feels there were a number of important games over the years. Two stick out.
"Definitely, a bunch of great ones," Jacobson said. "I just want these seniors to go out with a win. I remember going for the Big East Championship against Cincinnati (in 2009). That was not a good day for the seniors. We wanted to win. As far as this year, the Virginia Tech game, that was a big one."
The team has something a little bit different for Thanksgiving. Jacobson said usually his Thanksgiving is spent in a hotel room, with the West Virginia game typically being the Friday after. This year, he gets to spend the holiday with his family. The team will have a dinner on campus Wednesday night. Chancellor Mark Nordenberg will be there; someone Jacobson would like to personally thank.
"I might speak for him," Jacobson joked. "I'll give him a big hug."