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Brownfield football player overcomes injury, pursues higher education

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An ACL tear is one of the most common injuries among athletes, with a recovery process ranging from six to nine months.

It was a game in mid-October against Denver City when Dante Flournoy felt his knee pop and found out he tore his ACL. Ten months after his surgery he's ready to get back on the field for his senior season.

"It was on a slant route, and I came in and one kid grabbed my leg and I was trying get extra yards and another one came and hit me. I knew something was wrong after that, but I came back in the game after half time, thought it was good and I tried to make a cut on defense and that's when it gave out," Flournoy described.

Hearing a pop, is something athletes and parents fear. 

"You kind of try and prepare yourself for these things to happen, because it's just inevitable, but I just never thought it would that it would happen to my son," Flournoy's mom, Catherine Wilson, said.

Flournoy underwent surgery a month later. He just got cleared for full-contact. His surgeon, Dr. Stephen Flores at Covenant Hospital, said Flournoy should return as the same player he was before.

"He's a hard worker, these injuries can definitely be a setback for athletes, but he's kept working hard and mentally he's just kept pushing and that's all I can ask for my athletes is to just keep pushing and keep working," Dr. Flores said.

Now, Flournoy shifts his focus to the field, playing for his third head coach at Brownfield.

According to head coach Duane Toliver, he'll get reps as a wide receiver, quarterback and linebacker.

"You can't coach size and he has size and he has the desire to go play, he has good grades, he does a good job. You know that biggest thing about playing power five, playing division one is you gotta have good grades and he has great work ethic in the building and does a great job taking care of his business," Toliver explained.

Flournoy and his mom, a single mother of four, say an athletic scholarship is the only way he can afford to further his education.

"I want to go to college just because I want to play sports and I want to get that education just so when I have kids I can put them through the same thing and hope they do even better than me," Flournoy said.

And scouts have already been out recruiting him.

"I'm just looking for good coaches and good staff and all that just to get me right, get me better," he expressed.

"We're eternally grateful for that opportunity. As a single parent, it helps so much knowing that your son can academically or sports wise either way get into a really good college," Wilson said.

According to Flournoy, he wants to study architecture or get into coaching. Brownfield opens up it's season Friday, August 31st against Post.

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