Perseverance pays off for Jacob Harpell

I wonder how a Kingston blogger found this story 😉

#54 Jacob Harpell

#54 Jacob Harpell



For three years, he never saw a football field, except at practice. For three years, he spent two hours each autumn weeknight getting beaten up by his team’s first stringers.

For three years, Jacob Harpell stuck it out — and now he’s being rewarded for his patience.

The Holy Cross Secondary School grad and former Limestone Grenadier has dressed for every one of the Guelph Gryphons’ football games. Mostly a special teams player, he started one game in placed of injured all-star linebacker John Rush.

He’ll be back home today, in the lineup at Richardson Stadium when the Gryphons try to complete an undefeated Ontario University Athletics season against the Queen’s Golden Gaels.

It may seem an unlikely tale, given that an unbeaten team like Guelph is not without its share of talented athletes, and that all things being equal most coaches would look for replacements among…

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