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Injured Romani Hoping to Play in Shriner's Game

Jake Romani wants to finish career in All-Star game


WMBD/WYZZ-TV - BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - He's been in the stands for the last few Shriner's All-Star games in Bloomington, so naturally Jake Romani dreamed of playing in the showcase game.

"It's a great feeling. I've been watching the last couple years and I was hoping I'd get selected and I did," said Romani.

One problem, the former Bloomington quarterback separated his shoulder playing in another All-Star game last month. He won't know until the end of the week if he'll be cleared to play in the All-Star game in his hometown.

"I've never really had a shoulder injury, it's unfortunate that it's the throwing shoulder. I've been injury-free all four years. Maybe bruised up here and there," said Romani. "But that's football. Hopefully, I'll hear some good news Thursday."

Romani has a doctor's appointment Thursday. It's likely the decision to play or not will be determined then.

"That would be pretty cool," said fellow Bloomington High School All-Star Austin Weltha. "We've played the past two years together, pitch and catch. It'd be pretty cool, one last time."

Even if he can't play, Romani is determined to have a good week with the rest of the All-Stars.

"If I'm on the field or not, I'm looking forward to competing, coaching guys up, supporting them. Enjoy the week, have fun. I realize how fortunate we are to be out here," said Romani. 

Romani had an All-Star high school career. It's only fitting it ends at an All-Star game, whether he plays or not.   

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