|Orange Bowl ends difficult season for FSU's Manuel|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 30 December 2012 09:40|
The turn of the calendar marks the end of an emotional year for the family. Jackie Manuel was diagnosed shortly before the season, and for EJ, trying to win games became a welcome diversion rather than his primary concern.
More than ever, football also became something to celebrate. Many of EJ's relatives - his mom included - will gather at his grandmother's house in Virginia Beach to whoop it up as they watch the No. 13-ranked Seminoles play No. 16 Northern Illinois.
And for a few hours, he'll try not to worry about his mother.