There’s a quote from “The Sound of Music” (the original 1965 movie version, not the Carrie Underwood television special) that goes, “when the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window”; after reading the personal account of Tramel Terry’s first season at The University of Georgia, you get the sense that he might finally be ready to shed the heartache of the door that closed to him early, due to his ACL injury, and climb through that proverbial window.
“Everyday people all over the world encounter tough obstacles, whether its mental or physical. The great Rocky Balboa once said, “Ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” The adversity I faced as an 18 year old, four hours away from home, surrounded by people I did not know and dealing with a possible career-ending injury was the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with. However, I persevered with discipline, patience and hard work so that I could accomplish my goals that I set for myself a year ago. (Tramel Terry, Courtesy of 247Sports)
It’s clear from the writing that Terry went through a tough period of adjustment as a player. He was injured, alone, and without a solid support system for the first time in his life. However, rather than give in to the temptation to go back home and, maybe, play for a team closer to his own zip code, he opted to ride it out in Athens, and see how things played out; all indications are that he will hit the field in 2014 as either a safety, a wide receiver, or both, and, no matter what side of the ball he lands on, Georgia fans cannot wait to see what he can do.