Community rallies to show support for injured player

HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Two Hubbard High School football players were injured when their four-wheelers crashed into each other over the weekend.

Freshman Nick Wells broke his wrist and messed up his right arm and back, but he is home from the hospital. Sophomore kicker Colin Burdette, who also plays soccer, had to be air lifted to Akron Children’s Hospital, where he will undergo a nine-hour surgery on Thursday.

Colin’s sister, Katie, shared what happened with her brother on social media and now thousands of people have shared her posts.

But Colin is not just getting support on social media. Rival sports teams also have joined the cause and a group of moms even made the trip to Akron to wish him well.

“They actually drove up to Akron and gave him a bouquet of flowers and balloons, saying they are going to miss him playing because Lakeview is their rival for soccer. Then Poland, this week is Poland week and that’s our biggest rival,” Katie said.

Some of the Hubbard freshman team said a prayer for Colin at Wednesday’s game. Nick and Colin don’t remember anything about the crash, but they were both wearing helmets.

Nick said he is doing OK and wants to see a quick recovery for his friend. Some of their teammates saw the entire thing.

“Something I never want to see again,” Jake Nail said.

Both got knocked out on impact. Just bad,” Joey Fisher said.

Their instincts kicked in and they started helping their friends.

Katie Burdette said Colin can wiggle his fingers and toes. The Burdette siblings visit Colin as much as they can and are making a video of get well greetings from friends.

Katie put it on social media and she has been flooded with posts and tweets.

“Montel Williams saw someone’s and he messaged me and he wrote this very nice thing and he has been trying to get shout-outs from football players,” Katie said.

Football rival Poland sent Colin well wishes ahead of Friday’s big game.

“The Poland football coach called my mom and they sent flowers and balloons,” Katie said.

Colin has a big surgery Thursday and his friends wanted to let him know they are in his corner.

“Try your best, do as hard as you can. Stay with us,” Nick said.

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