Chasing Dreams PT.5

Coming off a life-changing moment in the summer of 2012, I put all my time and effort into football. It was the start of my senior year in high school and this was it for me. The final moment to fight for a football scholarship by the end of the year. After that near-death experience, I worked out damn near every day. My goal was to increase my speed and footwork. There’s a saying that speed kills and I wanted to do more than just kill my opponent across from me. I wanted to “wow” fans and recruiters with my speed and to do so I had to work extra hard. And so I did…

Fall camp was up and away and from the start, I was gaining attention from my coaches with my speed. I felt like a cheetah mixed with a gazelle at that time, running by corners and catching balls during fall camp. Everything was coming together with the progress of my game. I felt good and looked good which boosted my confidence for the season. The first game we went to win and I ended that game with 93 yards and 3 receptions. Game two stats were 117 yards 5 receptions and 1 touchdown. Game three stats were 0 yards, 0 catches, and 0 touchdowns. Game four stats were 158 yards, 5 receptions, and 1 touchdown. Luckily I can go back to the website to track these stats at www.Mysanantonio.com.

The fifth game was what shaped my destiny. We were facing a team who would go on to win the 4A Texas State Championship. The play was red right 62 which would send me on a hitch route or 5-yard curl route. The ball came my way and a defender tried tackling me. I spun which made him catch onto my legs. Another defender came to tackle me twisting my body while leaving my legs in the same place. I heard a pop. Got up and my knee felt unattached to my leg. I continued to play until halftime because of the weird feeling.We lost that game and my stats were 25 yards, 2 receptions, and 0 touchdowns. Woke up the next day and my knee couldn’t bend and was pretty swollen. Went to the athletic trainer and he quickly told me I tore my meniscus just by looking at it. I wasn’t upset or sad because I didn’t know what was to come. Ended up getting surgery missing majority of my senior year of football. Was blessed to play 2 playoff games which would end my senior year of football. Was a bittersweet moment because I knew I wasn’t done with my career in football…

January came which was a busy time for me with recruiting. I still had a few track scholarships but still, no football offers. I can remember like it was yesterday when I was called down to the coaches office for a recruiting visit. I walk into his office and see a man with a white shirt with a letter Y on it. He introduced himself and all I heard was “Yale University.” Hard to believe but this true as it gets. We sat and watched my film together. He had a notebook in his hand taking notes and what not but he circled my name which had to have meant something. Well, it did. Once we were done watching the film he said: “Kenny we’ve been looking at you since your sophomore year and love your style of play, which is why we are offering a full scholarship.” You’re probably thinking “yeah right’ but again I cant make this up. I was so relieved and immediately called my mom and shared the news. It didn’t stop there though. Yale, Tennessee Tech, Sacred Heart, Valparaiso, and William Penn offered me full scholarships to their schools for football. Decisions had to be made but not until I faced my next obstacle…