Read on to learn more about the journey I’ve been on to get to where I am today.
Former HS football star who broke his neck reflects on Lockette injury
On November 2nd, 2015, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette was running to make a play on punt coverage against the Dallas Cowboys. He was hit by an opposing player and collapsed to the ground, and instantly stopped moving. It was initially feared that he suffered a spinal cord injury, but in the end it ended up being a concussion. KOMO4 contacted Logan and wanted to get his feelings on what happened.
Severely injured football star won’t quit: ‘I’m going to walk again’
Ten years ago, Logan Seelye was a star football player for Spanaway Lake High School. He played running back and safety, one of those guys that everybody figured would play college ball. He had the feel for the game that coaches love. His teammates voted him team captain as a sophomore. Boise State and the University of Washington were interested.
Drastically, the big football season our high school was anticipating was put to a halt. On the last day of summer football camp, Logan made a tackle that left him paralyzed from the chest down, and was a result of a spinal cord injury. Fortunately, he had an extremely supportive family and an amazing girlfriend (now his wife) who would be there every step of the way as he continues on his journey to walk again.
Spanaway’s Logan Seelye walks on, with support
Logan Seelye doesn’t like to use the word paralyzed. After suffering a life-changing injury nearly 10 years ago at a summer football camp, the 26-year-old Spanaway resident has heard enough about what he might never do again. He cares more about what he can do — and strive to do.
Inspirational Student Package
I had the pleasure of meeting Logan Seelye, a senior at Central Washington University, who was paralyzed six years ago during a football camp at CWU. Logan, who played for Spanaway Lake High School at the time, has been chosen as the commencement speaker for the Class of 2009. This is his story.
High Schools: A real step in Seelye’s comeback
In the days before the injury, Logan Seelye’s cares were typical for a 16-year-old boy. The junior-to-be at Spanaway Lake High had a driver’s license to obtain, a girlfriend to date and independence to achieve. On July 2, Seelye suffered a broken neck at a Central Washington football camp in Ellensburg. On Oct. 15, Seelye pulled himself up from his wheelchair and steadied his frame.
The play should have ended practice, not his dreams
The play was supposed to finish Spanaway Lake’s defensive series in a scrimmage against Redmond; it finished so much more. The Redmond quarterback could not have known the chain of events he would set in motion as he lined up under center, hollered a snap count and released 22 teenage lives to the mercy of God.
‘Am I gonna be able to get up and move at all?’
For the past six days, 16-year-old Logan Seelye and his parents have gone to hell and back. The honor student and his parents are struggling through this paralyzing football injury and finding that while there is fear, there is even more hope.Looking at a Spanaway Lake High School football highlights reel, you can’t help but watch number 22. That’s Logan’s number. He’s an honor student with a grand passion for football. Number 22, shows up all over the Sentinels’ highlights reel.
The official website for Logan Seelye and his journey to walk again after a football accident left him paralyzed. His goal in life is to try and inspire and motivate as many people as he can. Positivity fuels him and allows him to stay strong even when everything came crashing down on him.
Join him and help spread his story by having him come and speak to your students, peers, acquaintances and friends. Allow him to share his life experiences and stories, and hopefully be an inspiration to you.
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