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.