Here’s a special story … one with two Bull Man Moments, technically.
16 year old Tommy Smithberger is from Sullivan, OH and he attends Black River High School. Over the winter, he got in a pretty nasty accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down.
He’s just 16 .. and the doctor said it would take him 5 or 6 years until he regains his ability to walk. His mother was absolutely devastated, these were critical years of his youth.
Tommy had a different attitude. “I was a little upset, but I said, ‘Game on.’ I’m going to get through this.”
Tommy had some serious help, too. Especially from one of his football coaches, Matt Stafford. No .. not from the Lions.
Coach Stafford made a commitment to himself to work with Tommy and to get him back to where he was before the accident. The two have been going to the gym together every day of the week.
The doctor told Tommy it’ll be at least 14 months before he can start learning to walk again but with the assistance of a brace. Tommy says he plans to get to that point in half the amount of time.
He’s got high hopes to actually play on the field during his senior year. That’s the attitude to have!