Bryson Richey (#11) breaks up a Sand Rock play in his comeback on Tuesday night. (Photo by Marla Jones, Sports Editor)
Marla Jones, Sports Editor
RAINSVILLE, Ala.—On September 6, 2016 Bryson Richey stepped back on the field as not only the Captain of the Plainview Junior High football team but as a player as well.
Thirteen months after a horrible accident that resulted in the amputation of his leg, sheer determination and pure strength drove him to get back to the game he loves, football.
“When Bryson told the Doctors that he wanted to get back to playing football, they tried to steer him into other sports such as golf,” said Bryson’s mom, Danielle Richey.
“They didn't know his heart and that football was all that he thought about,” she added.
Richey’s doctor told him to do whatever that he felt like he could do and Bryson took that ball and ran with it, literally.
“The Doctors were trying to be kind but was concerned he would not make the team,” said Danielle.
Bryson not only made the team but played for three quarters in Tuesday’s game against Sand Rock. He played on both sides of the ball as Wide Receiver and Defensive Back.
The Junior High season started last week for the Bears but Bryson’s special sports prosthetic equipment was not delivered until after that game. This sports prosthetic has more curve to the foot, more spring and helps him to pivot better. Bryson only had a few days to get adjusted to his equipment before the big game. According to the stats, he made several tackles and busted up several plays, adjusting quite nicely. The Plainview Bears defeated Sand Rock, 8-0.
It was such a good feeling to see him back doing what he loves,” said Bryson’s Dad, Brian Richey.
“I was excited and nervous to get back into the game,” said fourteen-year-old Bryson Richey.
“I love sports. I will be taking a break during basketball and focusing on baseball,” he added.
When asked if he had any advice for someone in his same situation, “Don’t think you have limitations. Believe in yourself.”
At Bryson’s sixth grade graduation he spoke these words: “Bad things don’t have to define you and what you do in life. Always look for ways to be better.”
Richey lives by the words he speaks. He is a inspiration to so many and we at the Southern Torch look forward in covering him for seasons to come; in all the sports he plays.