Injured Kingston football player cheers on team

(WBIR-Kingston) A Roane County High School football player returned to the field on Friday night after breaking his neck one week ago during a game.

Seth Haynes left UT Medical Center just in time to attend Kingston's game against Sweetwater.

Even though he can never play football again, the sophomore came out to support his team.

Haynes greeted teammates out on the field before the game, walking on his own.

"Just feels good to be out here even though I can't play. Just feels good to be around my teammates," Haynes said.

Doctors said the break in Haynes' neck from last Friday night's tackle was just millimeters from paralyzing him.

"Thought I was paralyzed at first. I thought I wasn't going to be able to walk. Once I got the news I could walk, I was the happiest kid in the world," Haynes recalled.

Teammate Paul Bolden wore Haynes' jersey, number 10, in honor of him.

"We started playing since we were four so it feels good to see somebody that you care about wear your jersey whenever you're hurt," Haynes said.

Before the game started, the crowd applauded Haynes and welcomed him home.

Those at the game released balloons for Haynes. Each one cost a dollar; money raised will help Haynes with medical bills.

Support is also coming from the team he was playing against when he broke his neck, Sequoyah High School. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes has collected cards and money for Haynes and his family.


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