SMU quarterback Garrett Krstich had three tears in his labrum and was doubtful to even return to SMU’s team this year. Krstich even doubted himself, until he saw SMU’s 2015 schedule. On it was a game against Navy, in Annapolis.
Although he couldn’t even throw a ball, the game was already circled on the calendar.
Krstich was in a predicament though, he had already played four seasons, couldn’t afford graduate school and was a walk-on. Still, he was determined to play in that game against Navy.
Krstich’s father was an offensive lineman for the Midshipmen in the ’60’s, attending the Naval academy and spending 20 years in the service. His father took him to the Army-Navy game, ingraining his son with the team’s spirit, something that remains in him even after his father’s sudden passing.
Set on making it to the game, Krstich attended spring practices and went through two-a-days even though he wasn’t even sure if he would be eligible to play. His dedication paid off, as head coach Chad Morris announced to the team that Krstich would be receiving a scholarship for his final season.
After four years riddled with injuries and little time on the field – though did start four games as a sophomore – Krstich has spent this season as the team’s place holder on kicks, not glamorous but it allows him to spend his last season with his friends and get on the field in Annapolis.
Plus it keeps him in school where he’s studying for a Master’s in business and sports management.
“Once I get on the plane Friday morning, and I’m kind of sitting there and have some time to digest what’s about to happen, it’ll really hit me,” Krstich told the Washington Post. “I’m just really looking forward to taking that field.”
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