With everything we've seen on the field from Jarvis Jones, and everything we're hearing about the kind of guy he is off of it...I wasn't surprised it was him of course. I mean who better to help Stripling get through the ordeal of sitting out with a patella tendon injury.
Stripling is up to around 230 pounds. When he was injured in Boulder it happened right in front of where I was sitting. I remember seeing him run downfield on the kickoff. He was clearly athletic and fluid, but he was so skinny.
Here and Now“He basically told me just to grind it out,” Stripling said. “There’s going to be those days where you might say, ‘is this really what I should be doing? Can I really play football?’ I’ve had those days where I just wanted to give it up because I felt like I wasn’t going to be 100 percent, but he sat me down and told me not to think about it, to work hard and I’d be back. That’s what I did.”Jones paid attention to Stripling at practice. He didn’t allow him to feel like he’d been forgotten or passed over. He took him into the film room. Stripling’s injury may have stunted him physically, but Jones made sure his friend was still growing mentally.“He’s the biggest guy to just keep you motivated,” Stripling said. “The way he works, his whole attitude and persona and everything is just crazy. That’s the kind of guy you just love to be around.”
Anxious to see TJ live again in a couple weeks.