Ky Sawyer: Overcomes the odds, hits the gridiron again

Ky Sawyer: Overcomes the odds, hits the gridiron again

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - When the Watertown Red and Black take the field Saturday night in Schenectady, all eyes will be on Red and Black linebacker Ky Sawyer, who has overcome the odds to make it back on the gridiron after a 4 year absence.

The last time Ky Sawyer stepped onto the football field and donned a Watertown Red and Black uniform was the summer of 2015. But on the night of June 29th, Sawyer was struck by an S.U.V. while riding his motorcycle and had to have his left leg amputated below the knee.

But 4 years of hard work and a specially built prostheic leg have Sawyer back playing the game he has exceled at since he started at the age of 5 playing for the Carthage Bears.

Sawyer will be playing linebacker on Saturday night when the Red and Black meet Schenectady on the road in an Empire Football League matchup.

Sawyer says from the moment the accident happened he was determined to get back on the football field despite people telling him it would never happen.

Red and Black coach George Ashcraft says Sawyer is an inspiration not only to himself, but the rest of the team as well.

Sawyer says his goal is to play 5 games for the Red and Black this season despite living in South Carolina.

Ky Sawyer, overcoming the odds and making a lasting impression both on and off the football field.

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