High School Football Player Becomes Inspiration By Returning to Play After Leg Amputation

By Connor Muldowney
Koni Dole
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If you’re big into inspirational stories, this is the one for you. Koni Dole is a football player and now-senior at Huntley Project High School. What makes this kid so special is his will to win and his passion for the game. Just how passionate is he?

He’s passionate enough to return to the team less than a year after he broke his leg in the final game of the 2012 season. Not many guys can return to the field at full-strength right after an injury like this, but Dole is just that passionate.

What’s even more inspirational about this is the fact that he ended up getting his leg amputated after being rushed to the hospital for the compound fracture. Things took a turn for the worst when he got to the hospital, doctors couldn’t save the leg because of a spread of compartment syndrome — meaning there wasn’t a sufficient amount of blood supply to the muscles following the injury.

Check out his inspirational comeback here:

Dole talked about what happened and had to fight back tears, admitting that he never saw his dad cry until that day. What did the kid do the day after he was released from the hospital? Well, he met with a strength and conditioning coach, of course.

He is back on the field with a prosthetic leg and he looks like he’s ready to lay some lumber on the opposition. Dole even returned to the high school’s wresting team just three months after the amputation — crazy stuff.

Even more impressive, Montana State University has offered Dole a preferred walk-on football scholarship. This kid is the man.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.


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