Former Roane County football player taking new role after accide

Former Roane County football player taking new role after accident

Seth Haynes. Seth Haynes.
6 News Reporter

LENOIR CITY (WATE) - A former Roane County High School football player is adjusting to life without the sport. Seth Haynes broke his neck last October during a game against Sequoyah High.

Haynes decided to be at a different football game Friday night. He was at the rivalry game between Lenoir City High School and Loudon High School. Haynes tells 6 News he wishes he could still play.  

"Whenever I watch football, it just brings back memories of playing last football season and other past seasons, so I miss it a lot," said Haynes. 

He was number 10 on the Roane County High School football team, which is also known as Kingston High. He ended his football career when he broke his neck last October at a game. 

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 Nearly a year later, Haynes says it's tough seeing his friends wear their jerseys at school for their first game. 

"It felt weird not waking up and putting on my jersey and seeing everybody at school wearing their jerseys on, it just made me miss it even more being able to wear your jerseys around the school and stuff," said Haynes.

His mother, Tammie Haynes, was at the Kingston High football game cheering on the team.
She says the first game brought her back to the day Seth was hurt. 

"It's very nerve wracking. It just brings back some bad memories. You just have some flashbacks and, you know, it's kind of a scary thing," said Tammie Haynes, Seth's mother.  

Haynes says it's an adjustment not seeing her son on the field with the rest of the team. 

"Today would be the first day since he was 4 years old that he's not stepped out onto a football field," said Haynes. 

For seth, his friends still consider him a yellow jacket. 

"It still makes me feel like a part of the football team," said Haynes.

Haynes tells 6 News he will still be a big part of the Kingston High School football team. He plans on helping out at every home and away game that he can as well as practices.

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