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Published: Monday, Oct. 10 2011 12:00 p.m. MDT

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Jill, Porter, Chy, Bry, Kirsten, Uncle Dick & Aunt Charlotte & families-
Please know our thoughts, prayers, and concerns are with you and your families at this time. Please let us know if we can do anything to help at all. May the Lord bless you and help you to be strong. We are praying for you all.
Sending you our thoughts and love- Joe & Amanda Jones Family

Heber City, UT

I hate hearing storys about injuries that affect not 1 but a whole familys life, I am not a football fanatic I have a hard time watching these kids go out and take a beating that can injure themselves for life but at the same time you can't take away from what a kid loves to do. Our family is praying for the Hancock family we wish you the best with a full recovery long or short who cares just a full recovery!


SAD! SAD! SAD! I am sure I speak for all. The entire high school sports community, and all of humanity give our thoughts, prayers, and wish all the best to this young man and his family.
We all hate to see anything like this ever!
Stand strong!

Me, Myself and I
Blanding, UT

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hancock family. I hope and pray this young man makes a full recovery. It sounds like he's a worker and a fighter and doesn't stop short of his goals. With his winning attitude he'll go far in life no matter the trials.


Our prayers are with you from down South. Just hearing the description of Hancock's work ethic tells me this kid will do great no matter what the outcome is.
God Bless!

kamas, ut

Not only does a school and community come together at times like these, but even rivals pull together. Thank you me myself and I. its easy to love and console a friend. It takes real people to pray and console a rival. THANK YOU

Cedar Hills, UT

Very sad. Hope he recovers. Lots of prayers for his family. Football is a violent sport.

Holladay, UT

May God bless and keep the Hancock family during this difficult time.

I think I can speak for every Skyline Eagle out there when I say our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Stay strong and God bless...

Heber, Utah

Wow, very sad. However, we've watch SuperDale (Lawrence) make great strides in improving, so miracles can and do happen. Thoughts are with the whole SS team and especially the family.

Boys of Fall
Fillmore, UT

Just heard about this and it breaks my heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Eagle Dad
Fillmore, UT

Just wanted to let you know that the thoughts and prayers of Millard High are with you.

From Millard High's FB page:

Millard High School would like to extend our thoughts and concern for injured/paralyzed S. Summit football player, Porter Hancock. We wish the very best for this young man and his family.


A truly unfortunate event, I wish you and your family be best in conquering this. :)

Blanding, UT

There are no words that help. Know that we are thinking of you and praying for you.

Richfield, UT

We are thinking of the Hancock family and hope that all will be well.

Sugar City, ID

Why in the world do the public schools sponsor inter school sports--especially the rough ones where kids get injured for life? This paralysis is not an isolated incident but because of the seriousness of it, it gets a lot of press. What about kids who get concussions where the effects of it don't show up for several years later? What about the messed up knees, etc. I realize that some athletes get inflated egos from their participation, but is that healthy? Of all the different extra curricular activities, interschool sports is the poorest predictor of long terms success. When was the last time someone got injured in a debate meet? Or in a theater production? Or writing for the school paper? Or as part of the school orchestra or choral group? These students don't get as much "press" but participation in these activities is a much better predictor of long term success than participation in athletics. And, a school's athletic budget is much greater than the other extra curricular activities. The state ought to drop athletics and focus education dollars where they can do the most good.

draper, ut

Thoughts and prayers go out to this brave and hardworking young man from us here at JD. may heavenly father continue to bless you and your family during this rough time.Heaven father has a plan for you as he does for all os us children.you are in our prayers.although we have not met you are my brother,stay strong and be blessed..

from #55 JD

Saint George, Ut

I felt aweful when I heard the news. I just want you to know that I am praying for a full recovery. Faith will pull you through, God Bless!


You're preaching to the wrong crowd my friend. Watch the KBYU documentary Uintah United and you'll see how Coach Kilburn united an entire community through his football, boxing, baseball and Boy Scout Program. It might have worked the same with having those rough boys participating in debate but I doubt it. To address your comment on long term success, I certainly think the group that plays sports incorporate far more "at risk" kids than the debate team. I've never heard of a kid not being able to compete in the orchestra because he was academically ineligible.

Springville, US-UT

Horrible accident. Football is a rough sport, but it never makes it any easier when you see a young man seriously injured. I hope he makes a full recovery, and someday holds a football in his hands again.

You don't cut out what is a huge part of the high school experience because of fear. All sports come with a certain level of risk, but at the end of the day it is the players choice. Football is a part of our countries history, and cutting it out just because someone might get hurt is cowardice. Porter got injured doing what he loves. Every single player out there steps on to that field knowing something like this is a possibility. They do it anyway for a love of the game. Their fans go every week to support, and share in that same love. Watching a community come together to support their football team is a beautiful thing. It would be a tragic day if that ever stopped.

Seek to understand
Sandy, UT

When will the carnage end? When will we stop allowing our children to ruin their health, and often their lives, for football? Probably not until the litigation rises to the level that the schools and teams simply cannot afford it. I pray that day comes soon.

The CAT scans of football players tell the story of the brain damage done. Not to mention the many other physical injuries carried through life. Please, don't let your children play football. There are many other sports that will have the same impact on their character development and athleticism.

Football must end. Adults must wake up. Is any sport really worth our childrens' lives and health? I hope all parents would answer no to that question.

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