Jericho, Long Island (WABC) — Football is life or death for Brandt Morgan.
Two years ago, at just 15 years old, the Jericho High School varsity quarterback was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“I fell down in front of a good friend who came to visit me…I went to the hospital and went to the emergency room and within a year it turned out that the cancer had spread from my throat to my chest. ‘ said Morgan.
A student-athlete, he recalled being sick every day for five months before starting chemotherapy.
His two years of treatment resulted in temporary nerve damage. His rehabilitation journey back to football included learning how to walk again.
“When I was on the IV, I was doing a lower body workout every day, and when I was away at night, I was doing an upper body workout,” says Morgan.
He refused to stay in the hospital unless he could set up a gym.
Cancer was a game Morgan refused to lose. He has appeared in all five of his games so far this season.
“When you watch him on the football field last year and this year, mentally, he’s the toughest kid out here…you don’t need a young man to go through that. You know he’s been through it.” We are delighted,” said Brendan Rardy, Head Varsity Football Coach at Jericho High School.
Morgan said he just tuned in for the homecoming football game this Saturday and it’s a win.
Morgan and his team will face Westbury at 2pm.
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