After serious crash, HS football player hopes for extra season of eligibility

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SEYMOUR, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A high school football player in Seymour is hoping for a true senior season, after his was taken away by a car crash.

On January 5, 2018, Ryan Ballard's whole life changed in an instant.

The King's Academy student was hit head-on by another driver while riding home from a football workout.

The crash fractured his leg and broke his pelvis in four places. It also caused injury to his lung and liver.

The injuries prevented him from playing last fall, which was supposed to be his senior season.

Now, Ballard has recovered from the injuries, and is hoping for another chance at a senior season.

"I don't think I'd ever be as happy. That's all I've been dreaming about for two years. It would just mean that I did it. I overcame that. I did it. I'm here," said Ballard.

The school is submitting a thick stack of paperwork to the TSSAA, an organization that oversees high school athletics in Tennessee.

Head Coach Jon Sellers is hoping Ballard will receive a medical hardship waiver.