ROGERSVILLE, TN (WJHL) – Cherokee High School welcomed home their star quarterback, JT Brooks Friday night. The last time Brooks was on the football field, he suffered a crippling spinal cord injury, that left him paralyzed from the chest down.
He’s been recovering at a hospital in Atlanta, and was eager to return home to see his teammates and those who have been cheering him on since the incident.
Hundreds came out to welcome back Brooks as he led his team onto the football field. He’s now home for the weekend and embracing his team just like old times.
“You know we had a good time in the locker room, listening to music, dancing around, it’s lovely,” Brooks said.
A celebration that he said is nothing short of surprising.
“You know I’m feeling great, I love to be home, the crowds packed you know its amazing its given me a great welcoming. I knew it was going to be big but I didn’t think that big, it was really insane, it was overwhelming,” Brooks said.
Brooks said that part of his strength comes from the people who came out to support him.
“I mean we got everybody up there in white, my shirts, my town, my coaches, my teammates, my friends, my teachers, just everybody standing behind me, keeps me going every day,” Brooks said.
Although it has been a hard road for Brooks he said he’s continuing to look forward with a positive attitude.
“It’s hard at night, thinking about it and you can’t even fathom it but I’ve just stayed with it, i got up everyday and wanted to go to therapy, it’s just my mindset everyday you’ve got to get better with what you got,” Brooks said.
He has one goal in mind.
“The end goal is to walk, always, you just have to keep that in your mind, that you’re going to walk, you’re going to walk because it’s not going to happen if you don’t think that,” Brooks said.
JT is currently receiving treatment at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta and hopes to return home permanently for treatment as soon as he is able. Cherokee High School beat Sullivan Central 58 to 6.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.