Putting the finishing touches on a 2015 football season that saw the Trojans advance all the way to the District Final, Ean Purcell didn’t know that his high school athletic career would be dramatically altered as Trenton took on Chelsea High School.
As the third quarter came around, Purcell was blocking on a play on offense when unexpectedly another play was blocked and fell onto his leg.
The unanticipated contact along with the weight of the opposing player was too much for his leg to take and he was carted off the field and it was eventually determined that he broke both his fibula and tibia – the two leg bones below the kneecap.
The tibia fracture in particular is one that stands out in the minds of many sports fans, as it was the bone that former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann infamously broke in a 1985 Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants that ended his career. [Read more…]