"LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and my life is fleeting away....... Psalm 119:19
That's the Psalm that Boston Breakers' forward Jennifer Nobis has posted on her Facebook page. Ironically, the saying not only speaks of her philosophy of life but also coincides with the number she wears on the back of her blue and white Breaker jersey.
Though (Lord willing), Nobis, age 25, still has a long time left on earth in her future, her life as a professional soccer hit a speed bump after she suffered a complete tear of her right ACL.
After trying to appear optimistic during a February 3rd Twitter session ("It could be worse...Positive thinking..MRI tomorrow"), Nobis tweeted her worst fears 24 hours later when she tweeted, "Out for the season."
"It is what it is," explained the affable Breakers' star, who scored two goals in her eleven games last season with Boston. "I had all my weight on my right leg and I was jogging. I just went to shift my weight and my left knee popped and gave out on me. It was so weird! But I knew immediately what I did!"
Nobis, a 2006 graduate from Missouri, played this off-season for Pitea IF in Sweden's top league (Damallsvenskan). She also played in Sweden in 2008 for Umeå Södra FF in the Damallsvenskan league.
Known as much for her great attitude and her quick wit as she is for her scoring prowess, Nobis will be missed both on and off the field on Coach Tony DiCicco's Breaker squad.
"I am a very fast healer and I have a great attitude about the recovery process, so that's a good start. When Latham (teammate Christine) heard about my misfortune she called me and wanted to cry with me. Weird to think that the two hard-asses were about to cry."
Nobis, a native of Quincy, IL hopes to stay in Boston during the recovery process to keep her spirits as well as the spirits of her teammates high.
"I am staying around the team for sure so she (Latham) can get me through this rough time. She always makes jokes, but also there is a lot of seriousness in them as well, so it helps me through!"
"There is obviously lots of talk with the coaches and my agent to figure out what is next. I think I'll still be with the team and hang out. Everyone needs a little JNO in there life."
Todd Civin is a freelance writer who writes for Bleacher Report, Sports, Then and Now, and Seamheads. He also shares his top stories on his blog The 'xoxo' of Sports. He is a supporter of Team Hoyt, the father/son marathon and triathlon team of Dick and Rick Hoyt. He encourages you to support their movement of "Yes, I Can" by visiting their Web site at www.teamhoyt.com