The great Vince Lombardi once said “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up,” this quote defines McLean’s Chism Henderson. Chism is a 6’3 185lb junior for the Tigers and in their 75-44 playoff victory over Knox City this past Saturday, Henderson was “knocked down.”
During the third quarter, Chism Henderson took a vicious hit and was forced to exit the game, but after two plays he “got back up” and returned to the action. Chism was able to break loose for a 40 yard touchdown five plays after returning to the field and appeared to be his usual self.
The Tigers would go on to secure the win over the Greyhounds and Chism was able finish the game with his teammates, but once the team hit the showers and the adrenaline wore off he couldn’t hide his pain anymore. Chism had suffered an array of serious injuries that would make most grown men cry.
The junior played a quarter and a half of football with broken ribs, lacerated liver, and a ruptured spleen. “He showed a true love for his teammates and a warrior’s spirit,” said Chism’s dad Jason Henderson “Don’t quit when you’re tired or hurt, only quit when the job is done.”
That kind of grit must be genetic, considering Chism’s father Jason is a State Trooper who puts his life on the line daily to support their family.
Chism was lifeflighted after his shower and would be joined by his teammates and their area round trophy.
Chism is looking at a recovery time of three months before he is back to 100%, but he is praying that he will be released from ICU in time to join his team and cheer them on in a rematch with Happy.
The Tigers and Cowboys will play this Saturday at Harvester Field in Pampa and kickoff is scheduled for 5:00pm. Happy is the only team this season that has been able to defeat McLean, but the Tigers will be extra motivated in their pursuit for redemption and a trip to AT&T Stadium.