NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–Spencer Rymiszewski takes nothing for granted on the football field. Even the little things like strapping on his helmet.
Eleven months ago, in a game against Penn, he thought his football career was over. Rymiszewski suffered a spinal cord concussion, and it could’ve been a lot worse.
“My spinal column is thicker, mine is 15 mm, and the average is about 6 to 9. so that really saved me from being paralyzed for the rest of my life,” Rymiszewski said.
So, after spending some time in the hospital and talking to his doctors and family, he had a decision to make.
“The doctors were telling me that only five percent of athletes come back from this type of injury, which was a little bit scary at first. But you know, deep down, I knew I wanted to come out and play,” he said.
And after a long winter with very limited activities, the junior from West Chester, Pennsylvania, is back.
He couldn’t be more excited.
“When I was able to step back on the field, it was a feeling I’ve never felt before, it was pretty awesome,” he said.
“He’s a driven kid, I mean whatever he decides to do when his football career is over he’s gonna be a success, he’s a very driven person,” said head coach Tony Reno.
“It’s great to have him around, it was really difficult, but your teammates help you through it, and its really cool to see the guys that are able to grind it out like Spencer did,” said junior wideout Robert Clemons II.
On the field, Rymiczewski, a starting cornerback, is part of a defense that he thinks can be special.
“We have the ability to be great,” he said.