When I asked Eastland Maverick head coach Brian Hulett to put the importance of his wide receiver Clint Galyean into perspective, he had no trouble at all. 2011 All-District player with a chance to repeat, fourth in his class and vice president of Student Council. Well the Mavericks have made it to the third round without their star wide-out who tore his ACL in the final regular season game against Clyde. Doctors told him he had played his final game of football but in this week's quarter final game against Wall, the Homecoming King is poised to make the unlikeliest of comebacks.
"I've put my whole life into sports and it was over like that," Galyean told KTXS on Thursday. "I had accepted that my career was over and I just tried to be a leader and support our guys the best that I could."
Coach Hulett was not thinking about the upcoming playoffs when he witnessed the injury his thoughts immediately went to the big picture.
"It was heartbreaking. There are twelve guys here that I really don't want it to happen to because they're seniors. It's a tougher deal when you're in the last year." Coach Hulett told KTXS.
After the initial prognosis, Galyean held out hope. It is common knowledge with athletes that you really don't know anything until the MRI comes back.
"The MRI came back and they said I tore everything," Galyean explained, "the doctor gave me less than a 5% chance I could play. He recommended that I rehab so I did for two weeks hoping that I could play."
"To play the entire season and then when it gets to the playoffs to have to sit out and watch your whole team play is probably pretty hard to do," Coach Hulett told KTXS of what motivated Clint in his rehabilitation.
And motivated he was. The senior wide receiver -- aided by the Mavericks' first round bye -- was able to rehab the injury just enough to see an unlikely light at the end of the tunnel.
"I went back and he said somehow it has gotten better. I could play if I wanted to," Galyean told KTXS.
He can play but his mobility will be limited as will his role. "Just to be able to get him out there and to run out the tunnel and to suit up. Whatever plays he gets will be a bonus to him," Coach Hulett explained.
As for what the moment will feel like being suited up alongside his team mates on the line of scrimmage and not on the side-line, Clint had this to say, "It's awesome. I will have a limited role but it will be a whole different feeling being out there with my team mates."