Graves County assistant's love for football outweighs physical disabilities


WPSD Sports

When the Graves County football team takes the field every Friday night, you'll find the Eagles biggest fan Perry Prince, roaming the sidelines.

"It's been his life," explained Perry's father, Darren Prince. "Football has been his passion for as long as he's been alive."

Prince was born twelve weeks premature, and had a grade four brain hemorrhage when he was three-days old. Doctors said he would never walk or talk, but 28 years and 89 surgeries later, he's proving them wrong.

"I don't give up," Perry said. "It's just one thing that I won't do. If you give up, you are selling yourself short. You won't know what the outcome is going to be."

And for the last four years, Perry has brought that can't quit attitude to the Graves County football team as an assistant, doing whatever is asked of him.

"He doesn't let any obstacle get in his way of doing what he loves to do," said Eagles head football coach Lance Gregory. "And that's being around this football team. That's a great lesson for our kids, and for our coaches as well."

"It's very tiring," Perry admitted. "But also rewarding, and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world."

"It touches me so much to see that he is apart of the team," said Perry's mother, Tracy Prince. "I don't know what he would do without Graves County football, it's just been a blessing."

Gregory says Prince is with the team for the long haul, so expect to see him on the sideline at Graves County football games for years to come.

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