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posted 01.29.2012 at 12.13 p.m. by Kelly McNelis

Boston College Begins Anew; Returning from Injury

Kelly McNelis

"Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is declaring how you will go about achieving it and staying with the plan." – Tom Landry

I hope everyone had a happy and healthy holiday season! I was blessed to be able to spend time with my family and friends during my time home. However, as the holidays drew to a close, I grew more and more excited to return to school and begin our pre-season quest. Our Boston College team returned to campus three weeks ago in order to begin preparations for our upcoming season.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, I missed our fall season due to a torn meniscus. An injury is not easy to come back from. You not only have to physically recover but you also have to be sure to mentally stay on top of your game. You cannot lose your confidence or your spirit. What I learned most from being out this fall was that if you choose to work hard and keep a positive outlook and attitude, you can overcome obstacles. You have to accept you are injured and live in the now.

Avoid being negative because it will only bring you and everyone around you down. Allow yourself to deal with where you are today and where you want to be in the future. This may mean you have to set some new immediate goals and leave the old ones behind until you are 100 percent back from your injury. Then you'll be able to focus on your old goals. I fortunately have recovered and am starting to practice with the team again. All my teammates were very helpful during and throughout my injury and recovery. This helped make the time I was out and my rehabilitation much easier to endure. I can say it feels great to be back on the field and able to play again.

We are full swing into preseason. The team is working hard and getting stronger, faster and better every day. The combination of workouts, lifts, practices, and mental preparation is helping us build our expectations for the regular season and first game at Holy Cross. It is ultimately all these little things that make our team successful. Each day is an opportunity to improve, and that is something we strive to do. We are driven to remain focused and determined to obtain our goals. Not even the long, cold, snowy Boston winters can deter us from meeting our objectives. Thanks to "The Bubble," we are fortunate enough to be able to practice on the coldest of days. Every winter for a few months, the entire football field is covered end zone to end zone with a giant inflatable bubble allowing us to practice while providing us protection from the harsh weather.

Our opener is quickly approaching on Feb. 16. The rest of our schedule is posted on our website and available here on's Boston College team page.

I hope to see many of you at our games!


"You will never win if you never begin" – Robert H. Schuller