Guest Column: Diligence

I am at the tail-end of what can only be described as excruciating rehabilitation process. For those who do not know, I broke my ankle just 8 months ago and to think I would be able to return to play in such a short amount of time was seemingly only a wishful thought back then. This process has possibly been the single most difficult thing that I have done in my life to this point. There were a lot of peaks and valleys from day to day, some days went extremely well, but other days were equally as catastrophic. The diligent work that it took to get me to the point that I am today, not only physically but mentally was definitely not easy. It was through such diligence and tedious planning and tenacious work ethic that even made it possible. There were days that I wanted to give up or maybe not try as hard, but I have great friends and family that support me and have helped to keep me positive. They also motivated me on those days I didn’t feel like motivating myself. Focusing on where I wanted to be and knowing that this process wasn’t going to happen overnight, helped me to hone in on the mindset needed to accomplish getting healthy and back to playing the game I love. Accepting that progress is progress no matter how big or small and knowing that if I worked diligently my once wishful thought could – and now has – become a reality.


Trevor Kennedy rejoins the Empire for his second season as a member of the IFL after earning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. Despite missing the final three games of the regular season due to injury, Trevor finished his rookie campaign leading the IFL in rushing yards (720), rushing touchdowns (28), and total points scored (236). He also added 35 receptions for 273 yards and nine touchdowns, plus finished third in the league in all-purpose yards with 1,613.

Trevor joined the Empire in 2016 after participating in the team’s open tryout at The Chamber in Miami, Florida. Before joining the IFL he Kennedy spent time with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers.

During his collegiate career at Mercyhurst University (PA), he finished second all-time in receptions (194), receiving yards (2,758), and all-purpose yards (4,249). He also tied the school’s career receiving touchdown record (28) and holds the record for all-purpose yards per game, averaging 118 per game over 36 career games.