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McCallum football player hurt in viral video says he’s thankful for the hit

McCallum football player Elijah Griffin, who was knocked to the ground in a viral video from a game between Hutto and McCallum, says the block may have been a blessing in disguise.

Thousands of people have now seen the video of a block that occurred during a playoff game between Hutto and McCallum high schools last week.

Now, the player who was knocked to the ground is saying it may have been a blessing in disguise.

"I was trying to make a tackle, and I didn't see the receiver,” McCallum senior Elijah Griffin said.

It was Griffin's last game as a McCallum Knight. A player from Hutto blocked him and knocked him to the ground.

"I didn't know what happened. People were running up to me, they're over me like, 'Are you okay? Can you talk?'” Griffin said.


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Griffin went to the doctor, where they saw that the hit had broken one of his top ribs.

"I can tell you sneezing, coughing, yawning, breathing, all of that hurts,” Griffin said.

But the doctors may have also found something else.

"Then he says not to freak out, but 'there's something in your arm.' And he says that it could be a cancer,” Griffin said.


While doctors still have more tests to do to be sure, Griffin and his family think this hardest and last hit of his football career -- the one to actually send him to the hospital -- may have been worth it.

"I've been hit like that before, but this one, it took me to the hospital. And I haven't been to the hospital that many times, but for them to X-Ray me and for them to find this, I feel like it was meant to be,” Griffin said.

A hit that was meant to be to make sure an illness like cancer doesn't take Griffin to the ground.

Griffin said he plans to join the Army after high school and then become a firefighter because he wants to serve his community.

Griffin also wants people to know that some websites are linking the Hutto/McCallum video with a story about a 17-year-old football player who died in Mississippi a few weeks ago. He wants people to know that’s not him, he doesn't’t have a GoFundMe account and he’s slowly healing.