Harris throws himself into a new sport at Syracuse
After Adam Harris found out concussions were ending his football career, he didn't take much time to feel sorry for himself.
"I tried as hard as I could to not get down," he said. "I moped for a few days then I tried to take the high ground. I still had academics. I still had my friends and family. I wanted to make the NFL, but it didn't happen. I had to move on."
Moving on with his life was something Harris could do. What was a little tougher was filling that part of himself that loved the competition. He was no longer able to play football, but that didn't mean he couldn't still go out and compete.
"I was in the Whitman School of Management and I saw a track person and a light bulb went off," Harris said. "I talked to him and asked him how his coach was. He said he was good, so I reached out to my dad and asked his advice. He said it was a good idea. I actually talked to the coach that night and he said if there is something for him to work with, he'd give me a chance."
Now, while his football career is over, his sports career at Syracuse is not as Harris has joined the Syracuse track and field team as a thrower.
"I worked so hard to get my body a certain way," Harris said. "I've always been so competitive and this helps with that."
The challenging part for Harris was doing something he hadn't done since high school.
"I didn't throw a shot since high school until a couple of weeks ago," Harris said.
While he knew it would be hard to get back into throwing, Harris also knew he had some advantages working in his favor.
"I knew I am a hard worker and I have my athletic ability," he said. "I had a void that needed to get filled and doing this helps fill it."
There are times that Harris will have great success, like Saturday when he was second in the shot at Colgate. There are other times the competition will be much harder.
"It's almost like high school again," Harris said. "My first meet there was a kid who will be a national qualifier. Then there are other meets that are like high school meets and I can compete to win."
And, now Harris is back out as a member of a team competing each week.
"It is so much fun," he said. "I still get to compete and feel that competition again," he said. "I'm back to kind of square one. There is something so exciting about that."
His first meet was back at Cornell, the school he started out at before transferring to Syracuse.
"It was fun," Harris said. "I had a lot of my old (Cornell football) teammates who came back and said hi and I got to visit my old coach while I was there."
While track and field isn't the same as playing football it is something that Harris is making sure to enjoy every minute of.
"You'll never be able to match what football brings, but I train five or six days a week, I still get to compete. My first meet we went to Cornell. Saturday I was at Colgate. We get to do some travel and there are things like the Big East outdoor meet and if I qualify for that it's down in Tampa."