EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Minnesota's top high school lacrosse player, JD Spielman, has suffered a season-ending injury.
JD is the son of Vikings general manager Rick Spielman. His brother Ronnie plays football for Ohio State.
JD, a high school senior, dominated in lacrosse and football for Eden Prairie this year.
"It'd be perfect. It would be kind of like Peyton Manning, retiring on a championship, " Spielman said right after Eden Prairie's first lacrosse game of this season. At that time, playing lacrosse his senior year was a "no brainer." In fact, before accepting a football scholarship to Nebraska, JD was actually committed to Ohio State's lacrosse team for two years.
"They were the ones that jump-started my career," Spielman said. "I already made friends with all my teammates there, and my brother's obviously going there. They were like family to me."
The same can be said about his teammates at Eden Prairie. That's why JD decided to chase a third state title in lacrosse, knowing full well what was at stake. But no one expected this.
"Two defenders double teamed me and when I planted like a two-inch piece of my knee cap broke off," Spielman said. "(Doctors) said they would have to surgically remove it."
Despite successful surgery, JD will miss the rest of the lacrosse season.
"It's hard to take in the news," Spielman said.
But when the news reached the coaches at Nebraska, they were just relieved the injury wasn't worse.
"They said just get to rehab and don't expect to redshirt," Spielman said. "I'm supposed to be healed before fall camp starts and all that stuff. I'm actually coming in earlier than I would have if I played lacrosse, so I actually feel like it's going to put me ahead because I get to learn the playbook and all that stuff."
That's called turning a negative into a positive. And JD says his only regret is not getting his "Peyton Manning moment" in lacrosse.
"I felt like I owed it to my guys," Spielman said. "But it's been an amazing ride."