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November 22, 2012

An inspiration to a program

Georgetown junior Coye overcomes major health issues to return to football

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Still, Coye is fighting. He has continued to battle common infections associated with the aftermath of such a serious surgery. Three times, including a three-day trip in September, Coye has had to return to the hospital for heavy antibiotics.

“It took a lot of work, there are just so many kids that are bigger than me and have more energy,” Coye said. “I feel like I have to try a lot harder to be half as good as them, but when I’m out there, I’m just glad to be out there, and I try to work my hardest.”

Despite a setback just a few weeks ago in which he suffered a knee injury that prematurely ended his season, Coye played in one very special game to start the season — a victory over West Bridgewater.

“The first game was the one we won against West Bridgewater,” Coye said. “It was great coming back. The bus took a long time to get there, and it was like an hour and a half ride back, the best bus ride ever.”

From being gravely ill eight to nine months back to being back out on the field with that never-quit, never-give-up mentality, Coye’s coach Paul Sobolewski said the junior is the most inspirational young man he has ever been around.

“When he first came back on the field, it was very inspiring to me as a coach and to our kids, and emotional, too,” he said. “To see where he was at six to nine months ago when I first walked in, I didn’t know what to expect when I first went to the hospital back in the fall of 2011. It’s a memory that’s going to last me a long time. I never want to see a kid in that kind of pain ever again. It’s heartbreaking, and my brother and I visited as often as we could. It was tough to deal with, and to see him on the field, and see him play a sport that he loves that he wasn’t sure he was ever going to be able to do again, it was very inspiring to me and our entire program.”

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