After taking a hit and laying motionless on the turf for three minutes during a game against Missouri State back on October 13 Indiana State freshman Christian Covington knew something wasn’t right.
The Snider grad eventually walked off the field that day, but an MRI later revealed he suffered from spinal stenosis – essentially a narrowing of the spine.
Covington, who also lost feeling in his body after sustaining a hit in the North-South All-Star Game this past summer, consulted a neurologist in Indianapolis. That doctor told Covington the next time he suffered a hit like the previous two he could be risking paralysis.
The diagnosis ended Covington’s career on the football field, but the former WANE-TV Fab 15 selection received an outpouring of support on social media and even received the game ball the following Saturday when Indiana State won a road game at Southern Illinois.
Covington is majoring in psychology and says he plans to help children in need after he graduates from ISU.