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Player who suffered brain injury during game returns for homecoming

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Jacob Quaife is a senior at Waggener High School. (Source: Family photo) Jacob Quaife is a senior at Waggener High School. (Source: Family photo)
Doctors say he suffered a brain injury from the blows he got during the game. (Source: Family photo) Doctors say he suffered a brain injury from the blows he got during the game. (Source: Family photo)
Jacob said he couldn't feel his legs before heading toward the sideline on Friday. (Source: Family photo) Jacob said he couldn't feel his legs before heading toward the sideline on Friday. (Source: Family photo)
Doctors performed emergency brain surgery on Jacob. (Source: Family photo) Doctors performed emergency brain surgery on Jacob. (Source: Family photo)
Jacob Quaife was crowned Homecoming King on Friday. (Source: Family photo) Jacob Quaife was crowned Homecoming King on Friday. (Source: Family photo)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A high school running back said he is still having migraines, but he was able to cheer on his teammates during their homecoming game Friday.

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On September 13, Jacob Quaife, a senior at Waggener Tradition High School, was rushed to Kosair Children's Hospital after doctors said he suffered a brain injury from the blows he got during the game. He went into emergency brain surgery.

"It's not as hard as it seems (to recover) because my story is completely different from everybody else's - other people are paralyzed from it for months. I get to walk the next week," he said.

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While the 17-year-old got to walk to midfield along with the other team captains, he stayed on the sidelines during the game. Doctors aren't allowing the running back to run yet.

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The scars on his head are reminders of two hours spent in surgery. His father, David Quaife, said, "He hasn't realized that he was close to death."

His parents said Jacob's injury will leave a long recovery. "A lot of up and down emotions, a lot of depression, a lot of fear, definitely," said his mother, Stacie Quaife.

Stacie and the rest of "Team Jacob" said once her son left the hospital, it was her goal to let him see this game, and being Homecoming, it was also the day to elect a Homecoming king.

Jacob was chosen as the school's homecoming king by his classmates at a pep rally held Friday morning.

"I have so many people to back me up with it, and so many people to stand behind me on everything I do," Quaife said.

On the sidelines, Quaife wore the same jersey he did the night of the injury. He last left the field a running back. He returned to it a king.

"Regardless of what happens, you can always bounce back. Just because you have one bad day, you can have another good one the next day," he said.

Waggener lost the game, 34-7. Quaife said he'd like to play football again this season. His mom said the family will rely on doctors to say when Jacob can resume a normal life, although he does plan to go back to school as early as next week.

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