Anderson County teen leads football team 18 months after crash

Anderson County teen leads football team 18 months after serious crash

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"You don't realize how much you're given until you realize how much you've taken for granted, and I took it all for granted," said Tyler Hicks. "You don't realize how much you're given until you realize how much you've taken for granted, and I took it all for granted," said Tyler Hicks.
Hicks was the driver in a single car wreck in March 2012 that injured five Anderson County teenagers. Hicks was the driver in a single car wreck in March 2012 that injured five Anderson County teenagers.
"It was very scary. We didn't even know it he would walk or talk again, and now he's out here playing football," said Anderson County offensive lineman Matthew Pike. "It was very scary. We didn't even know it he would walk or talk again, and now he's out here playing football," said Anderson County offensive lineman Matthew Pike.
Tyler Hicks is not only contributing to the Anderson County team. He's leading it. Tyler Hicks is not only contributing to the Anderson County team. He's leading it.
"We're just thrilled," said Head Coach Davey Gillium. "We're just thrilled," said Head Coach Davey Gillium.

By PRENTICE ELLIOTT
6 Sports Reporter

CLINTON (WATE) - The Anderson County High School football team is gearing up for a big match up Friday against Powell, but one player is just happy to be on the field this season.

"You don't realize how much you're given until you realize how much you've taken for granted, and I took it all for granted."

Anderson County quarterback Tyler Hicks says he doesn't take much of anything for granted anymore.

"It was very scary. We didn't even know it he would walk or talk again, and now he's out here playing football," said Anderson County offensive lineman Matthew Pyke.

Hicks was the driver in a single car wreck in March 2012 that injured five Anderson County teenagers. Three of them, including Hicks, had to be flown to UT Medical Center.

"We thought the worst at first. Tyler was up in the air," said head coach Davey Gillium.

Hicks suffered a traumatic brain injury, and as an entire community prayed, a promising athletic career was put on hold.

"When I first got out and started getting back into things, I didn't know if everything would come back," said Hicks.

"Nobody had any hopes of him actually playing even this year," said the coach.

In just about any offense, the quarterback position is the most mentally demanding on the field. That makes it all the more amazing that, in less than a year and a half, Tyler Hicks is not only contributing to the Anderson County team. He's leading it.

As Hicks continues to shine on the field, the real battle has already been won.

"Even if he wasn't playing good, just the success he's having, and coming through it, and answered prayers and that type of things. We're just thrilled," said Coach Gillium.

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