Potter has a reputation for doing whatever she can to help her teammates. Her teammates had the opportunity to return the favor, standing by her side as she battled back from cancer.
Born March 21, 1991 in Austin, TX. She discovered rugby during her freshman orientation at the University of New Mexico, and quickly fell in love with the sport.
Potter helped the Women’s Eagles Sevens finish third at the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013.
Potter inspired the rugby community by returning to the sport after being diagnosed with Stage 3 Synovial Sarcoma cancer. She completed six cycles of chemotherapy and finished radiation in March of 2015. Just a couple of weeks later, she returned to training.
“As an athlete, it was pretty hard for me to accept that I had cancer. I was fit. I was healthy. I exercised. I did all the right things. And then I got cancer.
“It was so bizarre and uncontrollable. In rugby and in sports, you're often faced with things that you can't control, whether it was the referee or the weather, or something like that.
“You learn to say what's next. Or what are the things I can control? And for me one of the things I controlled was how I reacted to the situation. And I just wanted to put my head down and say okay. This is going to be my battle. This is going to be my rugby game.” –Jillion Potter
Outside the Pitch
Potter enjoys attending concerts at Red Rocks. She saw Brandi Carlile perform at the outdoor amphitheater outside of Denver.