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Local student up for Children’s Comeback Athlete of the Year


By Melissa Robinson
Contributing Editor 

  Aaron Davis, a 2013 graduate of Luella High School, will spend his summer getting ready to walk on to the University of Georgia football team this fall, after several major setbacks during his high school football career. It was during his sophomore year, playing in a spring game, that Davis tore the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in his right knee, requiring surgery and months of physical therapy. He missed his junior year regular season, but was well enough to train during spring camp. It was there that the unthinkable happened. During one of the drills, he felt that familiar pain in his right knee. It turned out that he had a partial tear in his right knee that required another surgery and months of physical rehabilitation.

Aaron Davis tries to break free from a defender. He played as a cornerback and wide receiver at Luella High School, breaking a school record for most receptions in a game (14) as a senior.
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  He spent the better part of his senior football season recovering, but he battled back to health and even had an opportunity to play in the last game of his senior season.

  Although he was unable to finish his high school football career the way he intended, he earned an academic scholarship to the University of Georgia, where he will be attending this fall. He is currently at UGA attending football camp and said the future is looking good.

  “I’m feeling great,” said Davis, who will spend the month of June on campus, training.

  He said what motivated him to endure the surgeries and the physical therapy was the idea of getting back on the football field.

  “I just really wanted to play and be out there with my teammates, and that’s what got me through,” he said.

  Because of his tenacity in getting back to good health, he was named as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Comeback Athlete of the Month for February. He is now a finalist for the title of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Comeback Athlete of the Year.

  According to Jenny Grif-enhagen, with the Marketing and Public Relations Department, a panel from Children’s selected a Comeback Athlete of the Month from October 2012 until May 2013, and those eight winners are now eligible for the overall award.

  Through Saturday, June 15, people can go to /vote to read the stories of all of the Comeback Athletes and cast their vote for the Comeback Athlete of the Year. The winner will receive a plaque, a $500 donation to his or her school athletic department or club sports team and will be announced on the CHOA website.



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