Peyton Manning, coaches send get-well videos to injured high school quarterback


ROGERSVILLE (WATE) – A Cherokee High School quarterback is getting prayers from Clemson to Alabama.

JT Brooks was seriously injured in May during a football scrimmage. After weeks in the hospital, JT Brooks’ father, James Brooks, said his son is finally off of a ventilator, but is paralyzed from the waste down.

Peyton Manning decided to leave a few words of encouragement for JT Brooks in a video that was sent to the family.

“Just wanted to tell you you’re in my thoughts, you’re in my prayers and I just want to encourage you to keep fighting, keep the faith, keep a positive attitude,” said Manning. “I know that’s easier said than done, but I know you have a lot of people fighting for you and pulling for you and I just wanted to say you can add me to that list. So, keep fighting JT, I’m pulling for you.”Previous story:Community rallies around Hawkins County quarterback in ICU

Others pulling for JT  Brooks include Clemson University Coach Dabo Swinney, who asked him to “just win one day at a time” and former University of Alabama Coach James Stallings.

“My advice to you is to not give up. You never know what’s going to happen. You have to have faith that it is going to work out. Go through therapy. You got to get a little bit better every day. It’s what I tell my players. They just need to get a little bit better every day. I will be look forward to hearing from you in a few weeks. I look forward to a telephone call that says ‘coach, I’m walking again.’ That will be a great day for me,” said Stallings in a video.

JT Brooks family asks other to keep praying for his progress and thanked everyone for the support.

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