Work sent me down across the border a couple of weekends ago to meet former University of Wyoming linebacker J.J. Quinlan in Fort Collins, Colo., for a fantastic story by our UW reporter Mike Vorel (read it here: http://bit.ly/1jedUVH)
J.J. has had a rough few years. He’s a terrific kid who is now working at a data processing company in Longmont, Colo., and living with his wife and 1-year-old son, but he went through a lot to get where he is. He died for 45 seconds and went into a coma following a botched tonsillectomy and just eight months later lost friend and teammate Ruben Narcisse when they were involved in a rollover accident. And shortly after that, J.J. blew out his left pectoral muscle attempting to break a team bench press record, taking him out for the season.
It was one of those portrait shoots you dream about after getting used to setting up, shooting, tearing down and being out the door in under 15 minutes. J.J. had one thing to do that Saturday – pick up his kid’s birthday cake. We spent over an hour wandering around, trying different locations and ideas, and getting to know one another before we decided to pack it in for the day.