SE: Senior Spotlight: Boston Stiverson

Boston Stiverson has found a new appreciation for the game of football in his senior season at K-State. 

The Andover, Kansas, native has overcome a lot in his five years with the Wildcats, but his biggest obstacle came during last season’s final contest. 

During last year’s Valero Alamo Bowl, Stiverson took a hard hit to his right leg, leaving him with a shattered tibia and fibula. The six-foot-four, 312-pound offensive lineman had to be carted off the field before 60,000 silent fans. 

It was an injury so gruesome, it could have left him never playing football again.

But Stiverson didn’t call it quits. His recovery was extensive with his spring being spent healing and his summer spent regaining the strength in his right leg. 

By August, he was back in action, but another setback kept him off the field for the first three games of the 2015 season. 

“I admire and I appreciate his courage, not giving in,” said K-State head coach Bill Snyder. “To have the injury that took place at the end of the season last year, to go through all that diligent rehabilitation then to come back and virtually the same thing happens to him again, that would knock a lot of people out of the system, but he continued to fight back, work and got back on the field. I’m immensely proud of him and I appreciate his values.”

As tough as it may have been, Stiverson never gave up. His road to his senior season hasn’t been easy, but since returning to the field, he hasn’t skipped a beat.

“Injury is a part of the game, but my teammates, my family and my friends just kept me positive and helped me keep moving forward,” Stiverson said. “It’s always tough to sit on the sidelines and to watch those guys play and not be able to be out there with them, but it’s taught me not to take things for granted now. My career could have ended just like that. So I’m enjoying being back on the field with these guys even more now.”

Since returning to the field, Stiverson has played with a new energy and a new passion that has been contagious to his teammates. 

“Boston got hurt in the bowl game, had to rehab all the way through camp, and then he had to jump right back up into it,” said redshirt freshman center Dalton Risner. “The attitude he’s had is amazing. The way he’s mentored me through games and through film; I can’t tell you guys how much he’s taught me. He’s taught me the most out of anybody and has helped me a ton. When we’re on the field, he mentors me so much. The way he’s battled back from his injuries has been really cool for me to watch.”

In his Wildcat career, Stiverson has played in a total of 36 games and has started 25, including 17-in-a-row from his sophomore through his junior season. Despite his setbacks, Stiverson still earned 2015 Preseason All-Big 12 recognition and was a 2014 Honorable Mention All-Big 12 recipient. 

Stiverson’s path surely hasn’t been an easy one, but it’s all led to Saturday’s game against West Virginia (3:30 p.m., on FOX Sports 1) where he will compete in Bill Snyder Family Stadium for the final time. 

“I think I’ve just matured a lot,” said Stiverson as he reminisced back over his Wildcat career. “I’m going to take the things I learned here into real life, into the real world to incorporate in my life and help me be successful. Coach Snyder instills so many great qualities in you, so I’ve learned a lot in these five years. I’ve grown up a lot and I’m just really blessed with the opportunity to play at K-State.”

Stiverson is one of 18 seniors on this year’s Wildcat roster who will be celebrating their Senior Day Saturday afternoon. 

“It’s a little surreal,” Stiverson said thinking about the final time he’ll play at home. “I remember five years ago like it was yesterday. It’ll be an emotional game; it will definitely be emotional.”


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