Jack Storrs returns to the football field as a captain for the Sagehens in 2019 after coming back from an injury that left him sidelined for the final five games of the season in 2018. Storrs suffered a broken back in the Sagehens' 34-7 win over La Verne last year and has been battling to get back on the football field ever since.
Although Storrs was told he would not play football again that season, he found other ways to contribute to his team's success. After not being able to walk on his own for two weeks, Storrs began to push his recovery and returned to the team. "My back injury was one of the hardest things I have ever been through in my life," said Storrs. "You're going to go through adversity in life, but it's how you respond and the mental state that you put yourself in to grow from it. If I can get through that than I can get through a lot of stuff in life."
Storrs was unable to return to the playing field in 2018 but remained an impact player from the sidelines. Storrs walked the sidelines with a headset just weeks after breaking his back and relayed defensive messages and signals back and forth from the coaches in the press box to the players on the field.
Not only has Storrs returned from a major football injury, but he also took a semester off after his freshman year to focus on his mental health. Storrs credits the coaching staff and his fellow teammates for helping him through the tough times in his career.
"Pomona-Pitzer Football is a family. You can talk about anything with anyone here and it didn't always used to be like that. People have always been supportive but now people are proactive about it. Helping people outside of football to better their lives, family support, support of your academics, your mental health, your physical health, everything and anything that you're going through your team and coaches will help."
Storrs has been instrumental in changing the Pomona-Pitzer football program after going 2-7 during his first year, the Sagehens put together the best three consecutive seasons since 1997-99. Storrs currently leads the Sagehens this season with 28 total tackles and faces off against the team that cut his 2018 season short as the Sagehens take on La Verne at home this Saturday at 7:00 p.m.