Unsung heroes: Jordan Harrington, Healdsburg

Editor’s note: The Press Democrat will spotlight a player from each Empire football team in the North Coast Section playoffs. Not every player is a star, but the contributions of each of these players are crucial to their teams’ success. Each was nominated by his coach.

Jordan Harrington

Healdsburg junior OL Jordan Harrington (PD photo).

Junior Offensive Lineman

Notable: In the second game of the season (vs. Alhambra) he found himself on the bottom of the pile following a rushing play. The 225-pounder thought it was an ankle sprain. The next morning, when he limped into the gym to watch game films, coach Tom Kirkpatrick took one look and told him to get an X-ray, which showed two fractures. The surgeon told him his season was over. Harrington let the fractures heal and then put himself on a rigorous physical therapy regimen. Hobbling up-and-down the sidelines at games, his yell was so loud it almost became a distraction to the coaching staff.His diligent therapy paid off and his doctor allowed him to suit up for the Nov. 12 game against Casa Grande.


PD: Healdsburg has a 7-3 record and got the No. 1 seed in Division IV. How would you describe the season?
Harrington: I would say we were pretty good. We had some mess ups, but everybody has them.

PD: When you were at the bottom of the pile and your ankle was hurting, what was going through your mind?
Harrington: I was just thinking that hopefully it is just a sprain. I don’t remember it that well. There was some pain in my ankle, but I didn’t think that it was a fracture.

PD: What was your initial reaction when the surgeon said you couldn’t play again this year?
Harrington: I was just shocked and disappointed, but it happened. So, I just went with it and now I’m back.

PD: What kept you working so hard to get back instead of just waiting for your senior season?
Harrington: Just being with the team because they are like a split off my family. Also, just to learn more about the game.

PD: What’s the game plan against Fort Bragg, your opponent on Friday?
Harrington: Just play Healdsburg football; play as hard as we can. We’ll probably throw and run the ball evenly.

PD: How confident are you about winning NCS?
Harrington: I think we can do it. We just have to keep it up every day.

PD: How has the team dealt with being the No. 1 seed?
Harrington: We haven’t really talked about it. It’s in the back of our minds, but we just think about what’s happening right now.

PD: Why did you decide to play football?
Harrington: I did it because everyone else was doing it. Plus, I wasn’t interested in any other sport.

PD: You have 10 brothers and sisters. Did that prepare you to play football?
Harrington: A little. I am the youngest, so they were all mature and didn’t to wrestle with me or anything like that.

— Jonathan Pierce, for The Press Democrat