Brendan Radley-Hiles forced to face his biggest fear Brendan Radley-Hiles forced to face his biggest fear

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Bookie Radley-Hiles (Photo: Bishop Gorman)

Bookie Radley-Hiles (Photo: Bishop Gorman)

Brendan Radley-Hiles here again with another RecruitDiary and the major theme for this diary is the injury I suffered which caused me to miss some time. The season started out great for the Bishop Gorman Gaels and me. We retook our number one ranking soon after the season started (Deservedly so).

We played some of the best teams in the nation including Chandler (Ariz.) and Bingham (Utah) which I talked about in my last diary. Other out of state competitors included the national powerhouses Long Beach Poly, from California, and Don Bosco Prep, from New Jersey. We routed Long Beach Poly without much difficulty by a score of 52-13 and we defeated Don Bosco in a closer game 30-16. The Bosco game however didn’t come without drama as I hurt my shoulder during the game and was forced to miss the rest of the game and I feared I would miss more.

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The play was a bubble screen, I caught the ball and made two guys miss and picked up sixteen yards, but I ended up separating my shoulder as a result of the tackle.  The defender, a lineman, jumped on my back, which caused me to fall forward landing both awkwardly and hard on my shoulder. I was having one of my better games of the season and set the tone for the game early on as I blew up a quick pass and laid a big hit on the receiver.

Everything was clicking on both sides of the ball for me that game, but it ended abruptly as I was unable to return to the game after the injury.  I was worried that I would miss more than just one game but I would have to wait and see what the doctors concluded about injury.

After we won the game, I learned that I was expected to miss five weeks of football. No practice. No games. Nothing. My worst fears had come true. I felt like my life was being taken away from me, I had worked so hard for everything up to this point and didn’t wan to start over. Besides not being to be out there with my brothers and playing for the G, the worst part was watching the games themselves.

I would see plays happen and know that if I was out there I could have made that tackle or made a play on the ball. All these what ifs kept coming up because I was hurt. I decided to attack my rehab and work my hardest to get back onto the field.

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