I think I worked just as hard in the six weeks before the surgery as the six weeks afterward. The biggest thing is going into surgery the strongest you can be.

It was unbelievable. I pinched myself every day I was out there learning from the best. It was awesome, because he treated me so well and even has called me a couple a times since we finished my training.

It's been a long, hard road, so I've definitely learned to appreciate what this weekend means. I know so many people who had the same dreams and worked hard but never got to this point. This is the culmination of what I believe God has put me on this earth to do, and now I hope to share my gifts with others.

I don't call the plays. I just took it upon myself to lead the team. If they call my number, then I wanted to do everything I could to help the game.

This was big for us. It gives us a huge boost of confidence and shows we control our own destiny.