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Somerset teen seriously hurt in crash ready for football season

SOMERSET, Ky.(WKYT) - Jacobi Gilmore once wondered if he would ever play football again.

“It crossed my mind plenty of times. Talked to a lot of people. Every time I went to an appointment I asked that person if I was going to play again.”

But the junior Somerset Briar Jumper isn't just playing...he's starting for the team where competing for a state title ..is an annual goal.

"It's been tough. It taught me how to never give up and just keep going,” said Gilmore.

Gilmore and then senior Will Denton were leaving practice October 4th when the car Denton was driving was t-boned by a tractor trailer.

"I went through a ton of physical therapy. Ton of memory therapy, for my brain and stuff to get in extra shape,” said Gilmore.

Not only has it impacted how he approaches the game of football, but the game of life. Including how he drives and how he reacts when he is riding with someone else.

"I always tell somebody if they look away, (get your eyes) right back on the road,” he said.

Gilmore missed more than a month of school work and most of his sophomore year in football. But this year...he says he's back to nearly 100%.

"I'm exactly the same as everyone else right now,” he said.

With the advice that when tragedy hits to not give up...and keep striving for what you want.

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