Despite a stinging pain in his throwing arm, former Everett quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso managed to throw for a Massachusetts high school record 44 touchdown passes in 2011.
He finished his heralded career for the Crimson Tide with a state-record 103 career touchdown passes, winning titles in Division 1 and 1A before moving on to play a prep season at Phillips Exeter in New Hampshire in 2012.
This fall, he was expected to begin his collegiate career at Dartmouth. But that will have to wait.
It turns out, that stinging pain was the result of a moving nerve in his left elbow. On Friday, DiBiaso had an ulnar nerve transposition done on the elbow to move the nerve into the proper place and attach it to the bone. It was the second time he had a procedure done on the elbow since November.
“This time, I’m a lot more confident,” DiBiaso said. “Things went really well. [The doctor’s] pretty confident that I’ll be able to heal completely.”
DiBiaso faces a 10-to-12 week recovery period and will be redshirted to protect his four years of eligibility.
Mostly though, he is just happy that it wasn’t a torn ligament, a rotator cuff, or some other more serious ailment.
“When you hear elbow surgery, you think the worst,” said his father, Everett coach John DiBiaso. “It was not the ligaments. That’s the good part. The surgeon said he was amazed that he played for two years with it.”
He went through high school and half a year in prep school without fully knowing what was wrong, just icing and limiting his throws in practice. He thought it was tendinitis, never consulting a doctor.
“In a way, it’s probably better off that I never knew,” DiBiaso said. “I would’ve gotten surgery then and missed a year in high school. Then I would have had a red spike go up with college coaches.”
Now he’ll have time to adjust to Dartmouth and digest his playbook, which he just received.
“It’s kind of a good thing, I guess,” he said. “[The playbook is] a lot to learn.”
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