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Heflin Realizes A Dream (video)00:00 AM November 13, 2017
Jack Heflin was a six foot three inch 260 pound lineman for the EP Panthers and graduated in 2016. His dream was to continue his football career at a division one program, but he received no offers. The best chance he was given was as a preferred walk-on at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb.
Jack took the challenge and joined the program in June of 2016. He battled through summer drills and two a days, as a red shirt, leading up to the season opener against Wyoming. Heflin had been told that he was going to not only make the team, but would get to see fifteen to twenty plays, rotating with other players.
Unfortunately, a week before the opener he suffered an injury to his left shoulder that he had originally hurt his senior year of high school. He decided to undergo surgery and seriously considered walking away from the game. However, with the support of his family, friends, and coaches, Heflin decided to give the game another try.
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