Johnny DuRocher held a press conference today at UW, saying that he is recovering well enough from his Nov. 30 brain surgery that he is not only going to try to play for the UW baseball team, but he might even try to stick with football.
DuRocher said he feels "pretty good," that his headaches have subsided and that his is now sleeping through night. He said he had lost about 20 pounds, but is gaining it back now through home cooking.
He threw a baseball for the first time Wednesday, and he expects to add some running and lifting Thursday.
He plans to report for baseball practice Jan. 15, along with the rest of the team.
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As for football, he said the doctors seem to reopened the door a bit from their pre-operative stance that his condition would end his career. Now, he said there is a chance, depending on how his feels and if he can convince his skeptical parents.
However, that eventually plays out, it was good seeing him once again apparently feeling good and in amazingly good spirits.
A few of his comments:
ON HIS ATTITUDE: "The night before is when it set in, when all the worst-case scenarios starting running through my mind. I didn't sleep a whole lot. I just kind of woke up, went to the hospital and they just took care of me and did a really good job."
ON THE POSSIBILITY OF RETURNING TO FOOTBALL: "I think it is, but I'm not the doctor, so we'll have to wait and see till it heals up completely and then hopefully if my parent sign off on the idea, then maybe I can come back and play. I'd like to play again. Especially sitting around and having somebody tell you that you can't play anymore. That's probably the most shocking, the most tough things to deal with. When I talked to (my doctor) before the surgery, he said there was no chance. And then after the surgery he said there was a chance. So that's all I know right now is that there's a chance.
ON HOW HE HAS CHANGED: "For the last 12 years of my life, football has been extremely important. And now it's not. It's a game I was lucky enough to be able to play here. You kind of look back and enjoy the small things you have."
ON REACTION FROM THE PUBLIC: "(I've received) a lot of letters and a lot of e-mails, and I'm trying to get back to as many of them as I can. It's been really nice."