Lessons learned on the football field may have saved the life of Webster County High School football player Jakob Schuette four years ago.
Don’t put your head down.
Think short-term memory loss.
Schuette will be a starting safety and slot receiver for the Trojans’ football team this fall as a senior.
Four years ago he was only thinking about surviving following an accident in early August.
A “dumb kid move” nearly cost him a foot and possibly his life.
“I was just being a dumb kid,” Schuette said of the accident on an oil rig near his home. “I wanted to get on top of an oil rig and ride it.” Schuette said the counter weight caught his foot sending him into a free fall.
“I broke my foot in two places, broke two toe bones and ripped the skin off the bottom of my foot,” Schuette said of the accident. “I am lucky to have a foot in reality.”
The fall also resulted in Schuette breaking his arm. With an “S-shaped” arm, limping and bleeding, the youngster managed to get his way back home.
“They put a vacuum on the bottom of my foot and sucked all of the bad stuff out,” Schuette said. “It took me until my birthday in November to recover.”
“I learned to think twice before doing something ... it could be the end before you know it,” Schuette said.
The senior knows that the end of football is nearing for the senior class of six other players. The Trojans have experienced limited success in football, going 1-10 a year ago and scoring only 55 points while giving up nearly 600.
“We knew we had to step it up and work together,” Schuette said of the summer workouts. “I have played on losing teams all of my life ... living with the ups and downs. Football teaches you how to face adversity and try to make the best of everything.”
Schuette said the defensive backfield — composed of mostly seniors — needs to play with a little swagger.
“I try to be the leader and make us play with more confidence, like you should,” Schuette said. “I know we will be better this season.
“I am going to miss playing football next year.”