Georgetown football player brings inspiration to all

Georgetown College senior Kody Kasey plays on despite losing his right leg
Kody Kasey (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Kody Kasey (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Kody Kasey with his parents. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Kody Kasey with his parents. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Randy McGuire (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Randy McGuire (Source: WAVE 3 News)

GEORGETOWN, KY (WAVE) - Georgetown senior Kody Kasey isn't your average football player. He performs every Saturday on a different playing field.

He plays with one leg.

"I just love the sport of competing on defense especially," Kasey said. "I play defense so I love to hit people. I just love being out there with my brothers accomplishing a goal."

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Kasey, who was all conference prior to the injury, broke his leg three years ago on homecoming day. After a series of surgeries, doctors told him he would live with no function of his lower right leg, or he could amputate it.

"It took a twist of events you know, and really what got me through it was my faith in God," Kasey said.

Added his father, Michael Kasey: "I didn't know what his intentions were at that time. I thought football would be the last thing he'd want to do again."

Coaches and teammates thought he would come back to the Tigers maybe as a coach or player assistant, but he had different ideas.

"I told Coach Cronin, I was like, 'I'm gonna play coach,'" Kasey said. "I know it was a shock to him, but hey, I got another opportunity to play so I'm gonna take advantage of it."

His mother, Nenita Kasey, said "he's just like a super star. Everybody loves to see him and be with him."

Since Kasey's injury, the team has a new outlook on perseverance and strength.

"As far as injuries, I think it limits the amount of kids who come to me and complain especially during practice when they're tired and want to get out of sprints," Georgetown head athletic trainer Randy McGuire said. "I don't see as many people come to me with minor aches and pains anymore."

Michael Kasey added, "He just inspired the whole team. They see the motivation in him."

"You know I lost a leg but I'm filled with hope and joy and I'm gonna be running with that the rest of my life," Kasey said.

After college, Kasey plans to be a United States Marshal or get involved with the FBI, and at this point he's not ruled out being apart of the Paralympics either.

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