Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Farber Biding His Time

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Farber Biding His Time

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First there was pain, then worry.

Late in a 35-13 win over Park Ridge on Oct. 17, Harrison Farber tore his left labrum. The Cresskill outside linebacker already had received offers from colleges, and expected more to come.

Now everything seemed to be in doubt. And that was only the start.

A little more than two months later in the North 1, Group 1 football state championship, Farber tore his right labrum as well. While the injuries disrupted his senior year, Farber's plans for college remain intact. He will attend Dartmouth in the fall, but will take a medical redshirt his freshman season.

"I'm bummed out that I won't be able to play my freshman year in college," Farber said. "But I'm not too upset about it because I know that if I went in too early and retore it, that could be the end."

Against Park Ridge, Farber lined up at tight end for one of the final plays. He was close to finishing a stellar performance that included a pair of touchdown receptions. After the snap, the Owls' middle linebacker and the Cougars' fullback collided with Farber's shoulder, which popped out of the socket.

After the game, the pain seemed to subside.

"I felt pretty good about it," Farber said.

But when he tried lifting in the gym, the pain returned. An MRI revealed the tear. Yet he continued to play through the season with a brace that greatly restricted his arm movement.

Still, he was on the field helping Cresskill during a remarkable season that culminated with a trip to the final against Verona.

In the first defensive series Farber played in the title game, he was playing close to the line of scrimmage. Verona's tight end and tackle double-teamed him, and when Farber tried to fight them off, he felt a familiar pain.

"I felt it immediately that something ripped or tore, something happened," Farber said.

Another MRI later revealed he tore his left labrum. …

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