High School Athlete Battles Off the Field

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NORTON, Ohio -- A brain aneurism ends the high school football career of Matt McGlone, but his future is just as bright as ever. 

The Norton High School senior suffered from a severe headache earlier this summer. 

"It was awful, probably one of the worst headaches I ever had," he told Fox 8 News. 

The first prognosis from a doctor was dire.

"He said, this is one of four things, and they were all bad things," said Terri McGlone, Matt's mother.

But in the midst of the crisis, Matt's life suddenly became richer. 

"I mean the school came together when I was in surgery. They had their number sevens (his uniform number) on.  All through the building. It shows what great support I have all through the community. Like how much they mean to me," Matt said.

His mother added, "I just had such great family and friends. Everyone was praying. We were scared and uncertain but I tried to not let that show too much to Matt."

Dr. Mark Bain of the Cleveland Clinic operated on the All-State athlete and top-ranked student this past Monday. 

The neurosurgeon has given Matt clearance to run out on the field with his team Friday night. 

Matt promises to remain a key part of the team this season. 

He said, "I mean they elected me captain so I'm going to be there every single game, every single practice. I'll support them just like I am on the team.  I mean, they need me there. They want to see me and make sure I am doing all right. And I want to make sure they are doing all right."

Dr. Bain says there's a chance Matt will be able to play basketball for Norton this coming season.

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