No one ever said life would be easy.
Just ask Elsberry High School Senior Jameson Wolanski, who knew his senior season on the IndianHawks football team would be one of his highlights of high school.
For Wolanski, a captain of the team, his fate was devastating, as his season ending injury occurred during the first game of the season.
At the beginning of the summer, Wolanski was practicing when another player fell on his leg, resulting in damage to his knee.
Wolanski now is anticipating surgery in the upcoming weeks to reconstruct the knee because of damage to the ACL, MCL, and positioning of the bones and ligaments.
Wolanski’s passion for football has been instilled in him and his brothers, Jacob and Joshua, since they could walk. Their dad, Butch, has worked with the boys playing and learning the game of football for years.
The Wolanski’s were instrumental in helping get the feeder program started for the middle school players for the Clopton Elsberry football program.
As an offensive and defensive lineman, Wolanski has aspirations of playing at the next level.
He knows as a result of being out this season he will just have to work harder to prove to colleges that he can play at a higher level.
“Watching from the side line has helped me build character. Life is not going to be easy but I will prove that I can fight through it and move on,” said Wolanski.
Ironic to the situation is that one of his best friends, Logan Anthony, had the same situation happen to him last year, watching his senior season from the sidelines.
Now the name of the game for Wolanski is waiting and watching. Waiting for the surgery and watching the season from the sidelines.
It is a game that no one likes to play. He will prevail because he has the fortitude, resilience, stamina, not to mention the family support, to follow through on what his values hold in life.
He is narrowing down his college choices and setting his goal of majoring in criminal justice or coaching in motion.
Oh yeah, and hoping that the dream of playing college football is also in the plan.