STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- At Riverheads High School, David King was used to catching passes and scoring touchdowns as an All-State wide receiver, but as a senior, he hasn't caught a single pass all season thanks to a broken ankle.
That broken ankle; however, is not stopping him from leading the Red Pride back to the playoffs.
"Just because he doesn't have a football uniform doesn't mean he's not a big part of what we do here on our team. The kid accepts what his role is. He comes out here everyday and works hard everyday. For David, he should have been a captain. He deserved to be a captain. He certainly has deserved all that because he's worked for it," said Robert Casto, David's football coach.
"Oh it's great watching them win. I mean, winning is fun, and it's very fun to watch them win. It's just great to be part of the experience with them, even if I can't be out on the field with them," said David.
David does plenty off the field and outside of football. He's on track in his recovery to play basketball and run track for Riverheads and he's also a gifted student.
David maintains a 3.7 GPA.
"David is what I would call a teacher's dream. He takes his academic courses very seriously. He's goal-oriented, and he's a very mature kid for his age in class," said Tom Goforth, David's English teacher.
"My parents always told me that grades were very important. That you weren't going to be an athlete for your entire life, but you were going to have to have a job for the rest of your life, and getting a good job to support your family is definitely a very key aspect to life," said David.
"He's certainly a great kid, and he's a great student. I think he still has a future in football somewhere, and I think someone will give him an opportunity. The biggest part for him is, academically, it really doesn't matter. He's gonna do well in life. He's gonna do well in whatever he does," said Casto.
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