The story of this season’s Carolina Panthers is a lot like the story of one Jean-Baptiste Laporte — coming in under the radar, working really hard and accomplishing the dream, buoyed by the belief that it’s going to become a reality.
“Nothing's impossible, you just have to work hard and push through the doors,” he says when asked what he tells aspiring athletic therapists who might be gunning for a career with a professional sports team.
“I had no connections coming here. I just had to keep pushing and pushing, and work hard. At one point somebody's going to notice that.
“Most of them are very, very talented therapy students and they like what they do. So I tell them all the time, ‘I've no doubt that if you want to do this, you'll be doing it.’”
Dave Jones (1958-2014): teacher, mentor, colleague and friend
Somebody that has been in Laporte’s thoughts a lot this week, as his team gets closer to Sunday’s kickoff, is David Jones, an athletic therapy instructor in Concordia’s Department of Exercise Science, who passed away suddenly on May 20, 2014.
“As soon as we won the NFC Championship and we were going to the Super Bowl, I thought about Dave,” Laporte says. “I'm sure he would have made the trip, because he made the trip to the Grey Cup every year. He was very, very instrumental in helping me get to where I am right now. I know he's going to be watching the game, too.”
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