Jake Coker’s Broken Toe Adds To Storybook Ending With Alabama

    Jake Coker played through a broken toe during the Alabama Crimson Tide's 2015 national championship run.

    March 17, 2016

    Alabama quarterback Jake Coker played through a broken toe during the Crimson Tide’s 2015 championship run.


    Jake Coker waited patiently for his turn to start for a college football team, beginning his career with Florida State before transferring to Alabama and sitting a year behind Blake Sims. In 2015, Coker finally got the nod for the starting quarterback position, and made the most of it by leading the Crimson Tide to the program’s 16th national championship.

    Winning a title is no easy feat, especially when doing so on a broken body part. During a recent interview with The Opening Kickoff on WNSP-FM 105.5, Coker talked about the broken toe he played on for the entirety of the 2015 season.

    “I broke my big right toe in August, and I had two big screws put in it right after I broke it,” he said (via AL.com). “Finally, I got them (screws) out on Friday. I’m dealing with that right now. I’m headed out to go work out with (QB Country’s) David Morris right now, so it’s not slowing me down too much.”

    Four-plus months of playing on a broken toe is, make no mistake about it, painful. Nonetheless, Coker wasn’t about to let the injury derail what he had worked so hard for.

    “It was good,” he said. “At Alabama, they know how to do all that stuff, so it wasn’t that big of a deal.”

    The storybook ending to Coker’s career simply added another page to the Tide’s magical run.

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