Trevor Bradbury developed his football toughness on ramps and rails in skate parks around the Newburyport area.
The Newburyport captain is the rare football-playing skateboarder — or skateboarding football player. Bradbury hopes to take the field for the final time Thursday when Newburyport hosts Amesbury in one of the longest standing Thanksgiving Day rivalries in the state.
Bradbury has been sidelined since Newburyport’s playoff loss to Bedford due to a separated shoulder. At the time of his injury, Bradbury ranked third among all local players with 565 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He plans to see the doctor today for a final checkup before Thursday’s game.
“I went to the doctor last Monday, and we decided to do a reassessment (today) to see if I had enough strength to play,” Bradbury said. “You can ask my doctor, I’ve been trying to do everything I can to play. During fitness time and school time, I’m icing, stretching and taking Ibuprofen. It would mean everything to get out there one more time.”
Newburyport (5-5) earned a spot in the playoffs after starting 4-3 in its first seven games. At that point, Bradbury led the team in carries, rushing yards, total yards and touchdowns, but his largest contribution came on the defensive side of the ball as a strong safety.
“He’s the one kid we couldn’t replace,” Newburyport coach Ed Gaudiano said. “He’s one of the toughest kids on the team. He’s a quiet kid, but when he does speak to the team, they listen because he means what he says. That type of example isn’t lost on anyone.”
Bradbury was one of 12 Newburyport players unable to dress for the last game against Triton due to injury. Fellow senior Jacob Timony also missed the game with a torn labrum in his shoulder. Fellow starter Seamus Sullivan has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.