Texas teen crowned homecoming king one year after sustaining brain injury during football game

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A local high school football player in Troup, Texas, has been named homecoming king just one year after suffering a life-altering head injury.

This emotional and triumphant moment serves as a testament to the strength, resilience, and the unbeatable spirit of not just Cooper Reid but also the community that rallied behind him.

Cooper sustained a severe head injury during Troup High School's homecoming game on September 9, 2022, as reported by NBC affiliate KXAS-TV.

The devastating incident led to a traumatic brain injury, a story that was closely followed by CBS affiliate KYTX and ABC affiliate KLTV. The long journey to recovery included multiple hospital stays and extensive physical therapy, but Cooper's perseverance paid off as he made a remarkable return to the football field for the school’s 2023 homecoming game last Friday.

In a touching ceremony, Cooper was crowned homecoming king, a moment that was as much a celebration of his incredible recovery as it was an acknowledgment of the steadfast support from his community. His mother, Susanne Reid, felt "blessed" to stand beside her son during this monumental occasion.

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Cooper made a remarkable return to the football field for the school’s 2023 homecoming game. Credit: Tetra Images / Getty

In an interview with local NBC and Fox affiliate KETK, she said, "We are very fortunate to be a part of the community who stands by their people and loves one another and are faithful and kind."

The outpouring of community love hasn't gone unnoticed by the Reid family. "It’s the messages, the text messages, the phone calls, the food, it’s all that’s happened that keeps encouraging us. It gives us hope," Susanne added.

While it's been a challenging year, filled with physical and emotional obstacles for Cooper, the road ahead looks promising. "We will continue just to keep working day in and day out and, and keeping our focus on what's ahead instead of what's behind us," Susanne emphasized.

KETK also reported that Cooper is back in school and on track to graduate with his classmates, a dream that once seemed far off but is now within reach, thanks to unyielding efforts and a community that refused to give up on one of their own.

This remarkable story of resilience, recovery, and community spirit stands as a beacon of hope and unity.

Cooper's crowning as homecoming king is more than just a high school ritual; it’s a symbolic victory over adversity, and a touching chapter in a narrative that has inspired and will continue to inspire many.

Whether you're a football fan or not, the tale of Cooper is a touching reminder that with unwavering community support and indefatigable willpower, even the most daunting challenges can be overcome.

Featured image credit: Darren Robb / Getty

Texas teen crowned homecoming king one year after sustaining brain injury during football game

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By VT

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A local high school football player in Troup, Texas, has been named homecoming king just one year after suffering a life-altering head injury.

This emotional and triumphant moment serves as a testament to the strength, resilience, and the unbeatable spirit of not just Cooper Reid but also the community that rallied behind him.

Cooper sustained a severe head injury during Troup High School's homecoming game on September 9, 2022, as reported by NBC affiliate KXAS-TV.

The devastating incident led to a traumatic brain injury, a story that was closely followed by CBS affiliate KYTX and ABC affiliate KLTV. The long journey to recovery included multiple hospital stays and extensive physical therapy, but Cooper's perseverance paid off as he made a remarkable return to the football field for the school’s 2023 homecoming game last Friday.

In a touching ceremony, Cooper was crowned homecoming king, a moment that was as much a celebration of his incredible recovery as it was an acknowledgment of the steadfast support from his community. His mother, Susanne Reid, felt "blessed" to stand beside her son during this monumental occasion.

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Cooper made a remarkable return to the football field for the school’s 2023 homecoming game. Credit: Tetra Images / Getty

In an interview with local NBC and Fox affiliate KETK, she said, "We are very fortunate to be a part of the community who stands by their people and loves one another and are faithful and kind."

The outpouring of community love hasn't gone unnoticed by the Reid family. "It’s the messages, the text messages, the phone calls, the food, it’s all that’s happened that keeps encouraging us. It gives us hope," Susanne added.

While it's been a challenging year, filled with physical and emotional obstacles for Cooper, the road ahead looks promising. "We will continue just to keep working day in and day out and, and keeping our focus on what's ahead instead of what's behind us," Susanne emphasized.

KETK also reported that Cooper is back in school and on track to graduate with his classmates, a dream that once seemed far off but is now within reach, thanks to unyielding efforts and a community that refused to give up on one of their own.

This remarkable story of resilience, recovery, and community spirit stands as a beacon of hope and unity.

Cooper's crowning as homecoming king is more than just a high school ritual; it’s a symbolic victory over adversity, and a touching chapter in a narrative that has inspired and will continue to inspire many.

Whether you're a football fan or not, the tale of Cooper is a touching reminder that with unwavering community support and indefatigable willpower, even the most daunting challenges can be overcome.

Featured image credit: Darren Robb / Getty