Oddly, a car accident might have been the best thing ever to happen to Connor Sheloski.
An MRI following the accident this past summer revealed thyroid cancer at the base of the Crestwood (Mountain Top, Pa.) senior wideout’s neck, according to The Citizens’ Voice.
That’s the bad news. The good news: Sheloski expects to be cancer free following surgery to remove his thyroid gland Dec. 3. In the meantime, he was his usual dominant self on the football field, playing all 10 of his team’s games and leading the Comets in receiving for a third consecutive season.
How anyone has the strength to even suit up for a football game following a cancer diagnosis is beyond me, let alone catching 36 passes for 568 yards and seven touchdowns this fall. The truth is, though, Sheloski’s teammates were hit harder with the news than he was.
“They were probably more scared than I was when I told them,” he told his local newspaper. “But once I told them I was going to be all right, I think they got a little more calmed down.”
In a very cool gesture on senior night, Pennsylvania’s Mountain Top community presented Sheloski with a check to help offset some of the costs associated with his forthcoming surgery.
“It’s unreal to have such amazing support from everybody: from my family, my friends, the community, the football team,” he told The Citizens’ Voice. “Everyone around the community is always saying they’re here for me if I need anything. … It really shows that people are there for you if you need them.”
Sheloski will play his final high school football game in Saturday’s annual UNICO Football All-Star Classic. He hopes to play football collegiately, although the opportunity hasn’t yet arisen. Considering this kid’s toughness, it might be time for college coaches to take a second look.