Found August 31, 2012 on With Leather:

From With Leather:

Last December, Woodberry Forest School quarterback and college prospect Jacob Rainey made the news when his career was (we assumed) tragically cut short by a mishap on the playing field.

Well, “mishap” is a pretty light way to put it. He got tackled and lost his leg.

Here’s the most psychologically terrifying description of events possible from a recent profile in the New York Times:

Rainey went left and cut back to his right. A tackler dived and grabbed his legs. Rainey tried to shed him, fighting for more yardage, and then he went blank. “I feel like I blacked out for a second,” he told me. “I just heard a pop, and the next thing I knew I was on the ground.”

Jeff Johnson, Woodberry’s athletic trainer, knew it was bad even before he laid eyes on Rainey. “The screams were just overwhelming,” Johnson told me, recalling the moment months later. “I still hear them.”

Rushing to Rainey’s side, Johnson quickly realized that the injury was unlike any he’d seen. Rainey’s lower right leg was dislocated at the knee and cocked at an impossible angle — “an obvious deformity,” in Johnson’s words.

He asked the quarterback not to look at it. Rainey didn’t listen. He asked him to take deep breaths. Rainey was inconsolable. “My season,” he kept saying. “My season.”

The upside to the story is that Rainey got outfitted with a prosthetic and chose to keep playing high school football instead of becoming a Paralympics athlete, a move that inspired everyone (including Tim Tebow, who I guess just goes around getting inspired by things). With football season starting back up, the next chapter of Jacob’s story begins, and a full piece on his story in the Times isn’t a bad way to start it. 

My girlfriend works at an orthotics and prosthetics company that makes a lot of the artificial limbs you see on athletes like Jacob (and Winter, the real-life dolphin from the movie Dolphin Tale), so stories like this have really been brought into perspective for me.

Keep at it, Jacob, the world’s on your side. And hey, amputee quarterback or not, you’re bound to have a better season than the NFL quarterbacks you’ve inspired.


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Photo credits: AP Photo/The Daily Progress, Andrew Shurtleff; Twitter via @JRainey_9

  • First I want to say this young man is an inspiration as a young athlete and human being. You go get em kid, we'll be waiting for you at the pro's.
    The writer of this piece is a discredit to his profession. To use this kids story to air your personal thoughts of Tim Tebow is childish and does not do credit to Jacob Rainey. You are a real piece of work there "reporter".
  • Albuqbill~ Thanks for writing! I was thinking the same thing about this so called writer & reported!
    So many people have no clue about Tim Tebow, we had him here in Denver and he is a complete CLASS act on & off the field~so LEAVE HIM ALONE you negative reporters/journalists!
    and to Jacob~WAY TO GO YOUNG MAN!! May God Bless you & your teammates! Have a great season!
  • Great story until the Tebow bashing began. Grow up.
  • Mr. Leather, did you write this simply so you could bash Tim Tebow? None of the Tebow comments had anything to do with the story and if they were intended to be humorous, they missed the mark. Why so much hatred for Tim Tebow? Has he offended you in some way? Is his outward,unashamed display of faith in Jesus somehow threatening to you? I think so.
  • I agree with all of the above. What is so threatening about Tim Tebow that Mr. Leathers feels it necessary to bash him in an article having nothing to do with Tebow? Kudoes to Jacob.
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