After committing to UCLA last spring, Westfield cornerback Robert Kibble was dealt a serious blow, which doesn't usually affect teen-aged athletes on the cusp of their career.
Kibble suffered what was thought to be a pinched-nerve injury in pre-season practice. His body went numb and upon visiting the doctor he found that he had Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.).
"Now that I know what it is I can live with it," he said. "I was diagnosed with M.S. in August and since then I take three shots a day to keep the symptoms down. It just killed my strength and endurance and I'm still working on getting it back.
"It's in remission right now, but it's never going away," he said.
Strangely enough college recruiters aren't going away either. Oklahoma State and Florida have came in on Kibble in December but Kibble is remaining loyal to his commitment.
"I'm not visiting either school but they are both trying to get at me," he said. "No one throws more than the PAC 10, so that's where I want to be. Everything is good about the West Coast - the weather, the people, the program. It's really a family atmosphere out there and I'm excited to be a Bruin."
M.S. is not slowing Kibble down this Spring as he will participate in several events for his school's track team.