Q-and-A with Grant Harrison, Joliet Catholic football
November 13, 2012 7:38PM
Grant Harrison, Joliet Catholic. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 15, 2012 6:13AM
Swinging his right hand like a club, Harrison, a senior defensive back, was quite the sight for at least two games this season. Harrison broke the hand during a preseason scrimmage, missed four games and returned in Week 5 against Marist with a heavily taped hand — looking much like a club. He had two interceptions in the Hilltoppers’ 21-20 Class 5A quarterfinal victory over Lincoln-Way West.
How’s the hand?
It feels good and it’s 100 percent. And I can play without the brace.
How exactly did you break it?
It was during the preseason scrimmage we do every year, and someone tackled the running back before I did and as I was falling I went to brace my hand, like I’ve done a million times. I landed awkwardly and dislocated my thumb and broke the hand.
Was it difficult to miss those four games?
It was really tough, especially missing the Providence game (Week 1). But I became more of a coach and was able to see things on the field that I normally wouldn’t.
How did your cast get that club-like look?
The trainers put carpet insulation on it and a lot of tape. I got a lot of jokes from my teammates, but nothing too bad.
How’s the college search coming along?
Right now it depends on how the season goes. I don’t have a dream school and I hadn’t really thought about playing college football until after last season.
Thinking back to when you were a kid, what was the weirdest thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
A garbage man. I used to dangle off this stairwell at my house and act like I was on the side of a garbage truck.
As told to Tina Akouris