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Army's Jabari Laws: "The Comeback Kid"

We continue our Senior Profile series with a look at Jabari Laws, the Army quarterback who has overcome two serious injuries to get back on the field.


by Erin Summers

Army's Jabari Laws was making his fifth start for the Black Knights on a November afternoon in 2019 when everything changed.


A torn ACL sidelined him for the rest of that season, then another ACL tear prior to the start of the next season put Laws out for the entire 2020 campaign.


"I just know a lot of guys, after two ACLs, would have sacked the bats," says Brent Davis, the Offensive Coordinator for Army, "but not that young man, because the team's so important to him."


Laws worked his way back onto the football field for preseason camp and has continued to improve, becoming another option at quarterback in 2021.

US Military Academy at West Point football quarterback, Jabari Laws, pictured carrying the ball during a football game against the University of Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners on Sept. 14th, 2019 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX
US Military Academy at West Point football quarterback, Jabari Laws, pictured here carrying the ball during a football game against the University of Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners on September 14th, 2019 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX

"We have a great training staff here," Laws says, "and the Brotherhood . . . these guys kept me up whenever I was down and they encouraged me and they pushed me to be better each and every day. And I've got to thank the quarterback room, especially because they are, literally, like my backbone. I lean on those guys for a lot of things and they were there through thick and thin."


An incredible story of perseverance and selflessness, Laws was once a starter for the Black Knights. Now, he's happy to be back on the field and contributing in any way he can. The senior entered his third game in 2021 in week seven against Wisconsin, completing two passes of over 30 yards each, both on Army scoring drives.


"I'm just so happy for Jabari," Army Head Coach Jeff Monken said after the loss to the Badgers, "to be able to get back in there and contribute, and he did a great job. He made a bunch of plays, right up there until the end. That was a great, big-time throw to [senior runningback] A.J. Howard down the sideline. A.J. made a great play in catching the ball, but, you know, it's good to see [Laws] back in there. That's the comeback kid right there."


"It is so awesome, obviously" Laws reflects. "I wouldn't trade this feeling for anything. I remember, just, being in a training room a couple of years ago and, just, you know, feeling sorry for myself. But now that I'm back and being with the guys in the team, more now than ever. I really appreciate that. I'm happier now more than ever."



edited for web by Joe Harman