According to Maine East football coach Gabe Corey, his son knew right away what was wrong.
As quarterback Alex Corey lay on the ground in Maine East’s 2013 opener against Schurz, Gabe Corey asked his son if it was his ACL.
Did it pop?
Alex Corey had a fully ruptured ACL and a second-degree MCL tear in his left leg. Seemingly, his season was gone.
Not so fast.
Less than two months later, he played in the regular-season finale. He’ll play again in the Illinois High School Shrine Game in Bloomington on Saturday. Then, he’ll play college ball for a rising North Park program.
Didn’t he think his football career was over?
“He had that moment, but it wasn’t long,” Gabe Corey said.
Dr. Stephen Wright of Fort Wayne, Indiana, offered a pathway by recommending that Alex Corey wait 6 to 12 weeks before surgery.