As the Biloxi Indians prepare to strap up and take the field this fall, they’ll be a player short. The Indians were scrimmaging Friday when a tackle ended the season for the Indian’s starting running back. Junior Nick Ross suffered a broken femur requiring surgery and sidelining him for the entire season. Head Coach Bobby Hall said, “It was actually the second play from scrimmage. He made a really good run, picked up about seven yards and then we heard the squeal and it was over at that point. This is my 38th season to coach football and I’ve never had that happen before.”
Coach Hall says before this accident, Ross never missed a single practice and he attended all 29 of the team’s summer workouts. “That’s what breaks your heart. The guy loves to play football. He was in great shape. He’s great in the weight room. He’s extremely strong and very, very quick and that’s what breaks your heart for him. He’s a great kid and he loves the game.”
During the fall, Nick Ross is a star for the Biloxi Indians, but not only that, every weekday after practice, he goes to Winn-Dixie and works a part time job. This job helps take the financial pressures off of his parents and also earns him extra spending cash. Teammate and co-worker Tim Jones said, “We both work at Winn-Dixie. We’re baggers and cashiers and we work part time after school. It has to be about 6:30 to 9:30 because of football practice.”
Today, Ross was able to return home from the hospital and recuperate from surgery. As the season approaches, his teammates and coaches say he will be greatly missed on the field and in the locker room. “We’re all praying for him. He’s in our prayers and we’re just going to pray for him real hard and smart,” said Jones.
If you would like to help support Nick Ross and his family as they pay for hospital costs and therapy, you can go to gofundme.com where he has an account set up.