It was a terrifying injury. Moments after making a tackle in a varsity football game, Adna senior David Young came to the sideline complaining of pain in his neck.
“I came in for the hit, made contact went down …. and I ran to the sidelines, I thought I had a stinger in my shoulder, but it didn’t go away like a normal stinger,” Young told Gannett partner KING 5. “The EMT came to ask how I was feeling. It hurt, but not to the point where and that I couldn’t not stand it, I guess.”
As it turns out, Young broke his neck in two places. He was hospitalized for five days and had his neck stabilized with screws in his neck and a Halo brace. Then came Friday, when Young returned to the field with his teammates, not in uniform but leading from the front of the line as he entered the field in his letterman jacket.
Young’s entrance was captured by KING 5 reporter Heather Graf, who covered the game for the NBC affiliate. As for the player himself, he has made it clear that he’s already focused on what’s next — baseball season — a mentality that has impressed and inspired his teammates.
“Keep your head up when you go in for a tackle,” he told KING 5 … with a smile.