There have been multiple times this season when Jarka, a Sugar Land, Texas native, has appeared to be unable to continue to play. Yet the 22-year-old has gotten up and been right back in the mix on the next play.
â€œI fight through the pain every day,â€ Jarka said. â€œI'm not going to give up and quit this season, there's too much on the line. No matter what little nicks and pains I get, I'm always going to fight through it.â€
With instilling toughness in its freshman impact players being one of the top priorities for OSU this season, Jarka's toughness has been an perfect example. He hasn't made excuses or allowed the pain to keep him from making an impact.
â€œThe younger players see guys like Shane Jarka who is fighting a lot of pain and willing to play for the right reasons,â€ Gundy said.
Said Jarka: â€œI just try to set an example, period. The younger guys need to see that you have to work hard, you have to fight through things.â€
Overcoming all the pain and continuing to fight will pay off tonight when Jarka will have the opportunity to help the Cowboys earn their first Big 12 South title with a win over the Sooners.
â€œThis is the biggest game I've ever played in,â€ he said. â€œThis season all comes down to this. And (all the pain) is so worth it.â€