God Given Ability

Published: Oct. 17, 2019 at 7:46 PM CDT
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Trey Logan scores.

This is a common phrase heard at Tioga football games. However, what the fans don’t know is that three and a half years ago he was fighting for his life.

“Who wants to be diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 12?” Logan asked. “Nobody wants that. My biggest fear was being in that hospital bed, laying there thinking, ‘what if my career is over?’”

“It was hard, not just for him, but for me as well. If it hadn’t been for the school nurse Ms. Christy, I don’t think my child would be here today,” Logan’s mother, Valerie Kirklin said.

After Logan was denied treatment three times, he finally received a yes but not the one he was expecting.

“I usually have good energy and good vibes around me, but when I had cancer, things changed. Everything was gloomy,” Logan said.

His mom felt the same when he had to endure the complications during his surgery.

“They had him cut fully open and it (cancer) started spreading aggressively. I just knew I couldn’t leave here without my son,” Kirklin said.

After the surgery was finished, the only thing that was on Logan’s mind was football.

“I asked the doctor if I would be able to play football again. She said no, at first, but changed her mind and told me that I had to heal first before playing again,” Logan said. “I just knew I had to thank God.”

After beating cancer, Trey Logan is now beating defenders up and down the field.

“My life is going well. I’m making big moves for my team, and they are pushing me in the right direction,” Logan said.

“He has some God-given ability that we can’t take credit for as coaches. He’s a happy guy, he brings a lot of life to the football team and he’s exciting to watch,” Tioga's head coach Kevin Cook said.

Despite his struggles and fear of getting cancer again, he thanks God that he’s back doing what he does best, and performing for ‘Flash Nation’.

“I’m the flash. I’m on the field making big plays for my team. I’m very versatile, but the only people that I can thank is my offensive line and coach. If you don’t have a coach that pushes you as much as Coach Cook does, then your coaches don’t care.

For his courageous battle of beating cancer and performance on the field, he is this week’s ACA Athlete of the Week.

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