Redshirt freshman Arielle Roberson is living out her very own silver linings playbook.
Shortly after arriving at the University of Colorado last season, she tore her left labrum, requiring season-ending surgery, something she now says made her both a better player and a better person.
''It changed my perspective on things,'' Roberson said. ''Playing is a huge opportunity, it's a blessing. ... I think it opened my eyes to a lot more, just in life, to being grateful for every little thing that you get to do, for waking up in the morning, for being able to go to sleep at night.''
That first week after her operation she mostly stayed in bed, homesick and crying herself to sleep. Luckily, her older brother Andre is a star forward on the Colorado men's basketball team. So, he was there for her, bringing dinner by her dorm, helping out with her homework, anything to keep her spirits up.
''He made sure he texted me, he called me, checked up on me like a nice, protective big brother,'' R...