It just makes me physically sick to read about Porter's injury. I hope that he
and his family come out of this okay! They have nothing but the fondest wishes
and prayers from people!
porter... good luck to your team tonight. we wish them well. we are still
praying for a full recovery. the boys in beaver are wearing your number on our
helmets tonight to honor you and support you. keep fighting porter
Our thoughts and prayers are with Porter, his family and the entire town of
Kamas. Having grown up in Blanding I understand how this affects small
communities. Porter seems to be a strong, driven individual and these qualities
will serve him well in his challenge ahead. I am very hopeful Porter will have
a full recovery.As far as JSB and Seeking to
Understand...UNBELIEVABLE that you would choose this forum to post your negative
rants! There is so much more I'd like to say to you but it's not worth my time.
Seeking to understand,I highly doubt that you are seeking to
understand anything. I would prefer my son playing football rather than the
alternative which is causing major issues in cities like West Valley and Rose
Park. Many many young men have used football as a means to get away from gangs
and other alternatives. Some have been able to get scholarships to an education
that they would never have had if it weren't for football. I don't know about
you but everything our kids do in life can cause an injury much more severe than
football can. Skating, rollerblading, surfing, biking, camping, swimming,
driving. So you suggestion would lead me to believe that these activities
should be banned to right? 1.5 million kids play football, .0017 percent of
them are seriously injured, that means that you have a better chance of getting
into an accident or get eaten by a bear then you would getting seriously injured
playing football. thoughts and prayers go out to young Porter and
his family. May the god lord help you walk again. God bless
JSB - May students wouldn't go to school if it were not for the athletic
departments. Shall we cut out the FFA just in case a lamb might bump someone
down and get hurt? Life is all about overcoming challenge, not avoiding it.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your good family at this time. My son
recently suffered a spinal cord injury while at school in Utah so I may know a
bit of what your family is experiencing. I think there are many different areas
to find hope and strength at this time but may I offer just one. There is a great talk by Elder Dallin H. Oaks entitled "Miracles"
that is in the June 2001 Ensign, you can also find it on the lds.org web site.
I don't know if you are LDS or not, but it doesn't matter as I know God loves
all of His children and is ready and willing to bless them. Please know that He
is a God of miracles and is the same yesterday, today, and forever and that the
miracles that we read about in the Bible can and do happen in our day as
well.May the Lord bless you and your family. We are praying for
This story was not meant to bring out the negative in football but to let a
community know about a tragic accident that occured to a very strong young man!
Accidents happen everyday and no one can do anything to stop them! I would say
to those who can't show their support to not say anything at all! The family
needs all the prayers and strength they can get! Not all the negativity!
Thoughts and prayers are with you always Hancock family!!!
JSB: I feel like I have a perspective a bit different than many others so I
think I can put my two cents in regarding your post. My brother like all of us
wrestled in High School, during which he messed up his knee. 3 surgeries and 4
months of bed rest he was finally able to go back to school. Up until his death
(obviously not related to playing sports) he suffered knee problems. Do you
think he would have changed a thing? Not a one. The things he/I learned in
wrestling changed our lives and helped us overcome our hard times.Is
there risk in high school sports? Definitely. Are the life lessons you learn
worth that risk? At least for me I would have to respond with an astounding yes!
We're all pulling for you Porter and praying for you and your family. Keep your
chin up and believe.
My Grandson, Dominic Rondinelli was the punter on the play where Porter got
injured,Certainly our prayers and thoughts are with your family and your speedy
recovery.My wife has been in contact with the hospital, trying to get a time
where we can come and see Porter during his recovery.I have Coached this game
for alot of years and really love it, it is during these times when a young kid
gets injured on a freak play, that it really makes us realize how fragile we
are.Get well soon. Sincerely, The Rondinelli Family
By the way I have seen a lot in this life, I am OLD. Accidents happen and
Miracles happen everyday! We pray that this young man recovers fully. The greatest experiences in life come after the hardest times in our lives.
This young man will be stronger, his family will grow closer, and they will know
who their friends are. They will know that we all care. No one makes it through
this life without some struggles, and there are those who have greater struggles
Life and health are such fragile things. One wrong move can ruin it all. Do what
you love, speak your mind and be with people you care about. Live each day with
no regrets, for it may be your last.
It seems to me that some parents are looking at highschool football in a whole
different way.Being a father of a pretty good football player,we have had our
share of injuries and surgeries.Broken arms,broken fingers,torn miniscus etc.But
as stated in earlier post,these are accidents and accidents do
happen.student-athletes play the game because they love it,its more then just a
game to these young men and women.As porters story tells you,this brave young
man worked very hard to get where he was and never gave up on his dreams of
starting as a varsity player.This just shows you the courage and work ethic he
had,and all this begins at home with great parents.IMO playing footbal for this
young man was something he did not need to do but wanted to do.I know as a
parent although as tragic as this inccident is,with the heart that porter has if
he could do it all over agin I know he would.Porter you and your
family are in our thoughts and prayers.may our Heavenly father bless you
to a speedy recovery.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Porter and your family during this time.
Everyone is now cheering you on through out the whole state of Utah to a full
recovery. Injuries are apart of all athletics, but we all hate to see injuries
severe like this one. May God Bless you and your family.
This is a sad incident and I hope he is able to recover. I am glad the Doctors
have an optimistic prognosis at this point. It is sad when these things happen
to young people.With that said, I agree with those who say we should
not stop High School football. It is a big part of the life of many High
Schoolers. I didn't play in High school because I was too small. But I loved
going to the games and watching those who chose to play the game they loved.
Accidents happen in everything. My older brother tore his ACL in his junior
year, in practice a week before the first game. He is a runner and because his
knee never fully healed even after surgery, so it still affects him. But he
would not give up playing the years that he did for anything. I know this is not
as serious as what happened to Porter, but I wonder if Porter would say the same
thing.Again, this is a really sad incident and I hope and pray
Porter is able to recover fully.
Our prayers are will your team and family. I hope this brings your team the
community and his family together. keep Fighting Porter your life has only
Good luck on your recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
We Wish you the a fast and full recovery. God Bless you.
I appreciate all those that have shown that even though football is a rough
sport, we can't stop our kids from doing everything that may hurt them. I feel
bad this forum has become a place for people to voice their anti-football
sentiment rather than expressing support for the young man, his family,
teamates, coaches, & all those affected by this tragedy.My boys play
football & though my wife wishes they didn't, she would much rather have
them involved in football than wandering the streets. They also participate in
3 other sports. While the other sports have been good for them, football has
been the greatest influence in teaching them life lessons they will be able to
use in the future.As I've heard their coach preach to them a number of
times, "There's more to life than football. You boys will face many trials
in your life. That's why I make it so hard on you. I want you to think when
you are faced with a trial, I made it through Millard football, I can make it
through this".Keep fighting Porter, you made it through S.
Summit football you can make it through this.
RE: Seek to Understand...You can also die walking to school or
choking on your dinner or get cancer... Should we stop doing everything? I am
betting for hobbies your family does a lot of arts and crafts... Football
teaches a lot of things to kids. I don't have a son on any football team, but
if one day my son chooses to play football you can bet I will be his biggest
supporter... Tragic things happen to good people for absolutely no reason, it is
called an ACCIDENT. Ever watch remember the titans??? He injured himself
driving home from a rally, not on the FB field... I bet this boy even though
such a terrible thing happened, he was at the highlight of his high school
career when he was playing!Good Luck Porter my thoughts and prayers
are with you and your family!!!Try to be understanding
In the July 21 issue of this paper there was an article about safe playgrounds
and that psychologist are saying that they are doing more harm than good. Yes
injuries are less but kids need risk to develop physically and mentally and that
always trying to protect them from injury can be harmful. I feel terrible about
what happened to this young man. I hope he has full recovery and will keep him
in my thoughts and prayers. I will however allow my kids to continue
participating in sports, let them ride four wheelers and go out to "hang
out" with friends and also keep them in my thoughts and prayers that they
will be safe,
Seek to understand:Your screen name is a bit ironic, considering
you're not trying to understand a thing about why people play football. Instead
you're using a tragic event to wage war against a sport you clearly don't
understand at all. Not everyone who plays football ends up with brain injuries.
Those who play other non-contact sports sometimes end up with similar injuries
as football players. As far as high school activities are concerned there are
more participants seriously injured while participating in cheer than any other
high school activity(football does have more injuries). The bottom line is there
is risk involved in just about any sport or recreational activity. It's up to
individuals to access that risk and decide if the enjoyment they derive from
that activity is worth the risk. I was lucky I only gave a knee to football and
as I get older it bothers me a little more each year, but I wouldn't trade
anything for the experiences I had while playing football with me friends and
The research shows that of the different extracurricular activities,
participation in high school athletics give the least bang for the buck than the
other extracurricular activities. At a time when there arent a lot of bucks in
our public schools, lets put the bucks where they can do the most good. At risk
kids can debate, can be in plays, can participate in clubs, can sing in the
chorus, etc. And it will do them a lot of good and more kids can be involved.
Of course, there is risk in everything (even driving to school), but should the
schools be sponsoring sports that unnecessarily place these young men at serious
risk of permanent physical or mental damage? Especially when the benefits, if
any, are so marginal? My grandson runs cross country and spends a lot of extra
hours in training. Hes also an A student taking several AP classes. Because of
the demands on his time in X-Country, he must compromise in his studies. Is
this a good idea? The coach thinks so. But then, winning is everything,
Having spent five years doing surveillance on spinal cord and traumatic head
injuries I can tell you that football just isn't worth the risk. The human body
is not designed for this kind of punishment. Did any of you note that Jim
McMahon and others are suing the NFL for negligence? Jim says he often goes
someplace then can't remember why. Dump football at all levels.
Why in the world do the public schools sponsor inter school sports--especially
the rough ones where kids get injured for life? I ask the same
question. This incident is not the worst that has happened this year, 2011,
regarding inter school sports. Young men have actually collapsed and died
during practicing in some schools back east. We put too much emphasis on
contact sports. The Parent's are as much to blame as the institutions because
we want our son's to get hugh pro sports contracts. Or, to get a handsome
scholarship to some college.Some schools are proposing cutting
library expenses, while increasing the budget for contact sports. JSB is right,
we should put more emphasis and money into activities that will have long term,
positive and uplifting effects on our children than those activities that could,
potentially, injure them for life.Our prayers go out to the Hancock
all you people saying that its the parents fault for letting their kids play
sports need to grow up. do you really think that is what this family needs
right now? everything we do in life is a risk. it was an accident, accidents
happen. porter and his family have the prayers from the boys down in
beaver. hope you make a full recovery and best of luck to you, your family, and
your team this year.
greenandwhite:At times like these there are no rivals, only brothers.
Hey Porter, you never stop believin'. Spinal cord injuries are all different.
Because of your age, you have a better prognosis than most. I'm willing to bet
a strong kid like you COULD BE WALKING in a couple years.We're all
cheering for you. Let us know the good news when it happens!
I hope, wish and pray the very best for this young man and his family. I'm sure glad SSOLDMAN doesn't know me or my kids though. That could be bad
My thoughts and prayers go out to this young man, his family, his friends and
his teammates. As a parent of athletes, I have witnessed many injuries, some
of them involving my own children, and I can tell you that the things that
happen to them, good and bad, help to shape them into the individuals they
become. Most athletes play the sports they play because they love it; some of
them even live for it. Why do parents let them play? Because athletics can
teach them so many things about life! They learn lessons they can use
throughout the rest of their lives, such as: motivation, setting goals, the
payoff of working hard, responsibility, dependability, dealing with
disappointment, humility, caring for others, putting the good of the team first,
(later applying to their family), getting along with others, compassion, etc...
I would never deny them the opportunity to learn these things or to experience
the bad along with the good. As a community, remember to put your arms around
the players who were playing with him and against him. They are surely hurting
also. I am certain this kid is a fighter, and I'll be cheering him on!
The people of Kamas are some of the finest around. I hope they let the rest of
us know when they plan to fast for this young man. I cannot imagine that they
will not do this. When the time comes, let's unite with them in faith and
prayer for this young man. Please let us know about any fast so we can join in
calling on the Lord for miracles. Meanwhile our prayers are with you.
I wish this Young Man all the best, may miracles never cease in his case is my
prayer. May Heavenly Father bless you and support your family.As a
football official I see many tackles, from the description by Coach Parker, this
was routine, though none are ever really routine. On any given play a young man
or young lady(yes young lady, seen several of them on the FB field) can have
tragedy happen to them. That is why I shake my head when MANY Little League
coaches, even after they have been told, you can take a Victory Formation or
Take a knee, and they still choose to run some dive into the line, off-tackle
play, or pass play in order to further prove they are the better team. I SHAKE
MY HEAD and you parents should approach that coach after to "GET A
CLUE". Yes Football can and in many cases does build character,
far to often it shows that someone is a character.Once again I and
my wife wish this young man and his family all the best, and the SSHS community
Sad. Hope he makes a good recovery.
@JSB,I think you're missing a crucial benefit of playing sports ....
it builds character! I can't tell you the discipline, work-ethic, drive,
perseverance, and a host of other character traits I took from it. Applied in
education and the work force ... they're doing very well for me.Another great trait (although not all athletes have it) - Sportsmanship and
humbleness! Love those two and the latter is sadly missing in today's Touchdown
There are so many kids that are hurt. We should not let them ride bikes, look at
how many kids are killed on bikes. Tens of thousands of kids are killed in cars
every year. Never let them go to the doctor or hospital, over forty thousand
children die every year from medical mistakes. There are a million ways to get
hurt and killed everyday in any activity. I know of a girl who was injured very
badly in band. She fell down the stairs at a high school the band was visiting.
I also know of a young lady who died during a chior practice from a brain
hemorage. I know of a young lady who was killed at a dance competition by
running out into the parking lot. I know a young man that got in a fight over a
debate competition, and had to have his face reconstructed. Lets end all these
activities, someone might get hurt! If you don't want YOUR kid to ever be hurt,
just don't have kids. Toddlers walk into tables.
@seek to understandThere's risk in everything. If your philosophy
is to completely eliminate everything in your life that has the potential for
injury or harm - then lock your kids in your house. Don't let them drive in
cars to school, don't let them associate with other kids or any other everyday
activity.So sad to hear about Porter, hope he has a full recovery.
Sorry to hear the bad news. Let the community know how they can help. I'm sure
they will. We never understand God's plan but he obviously has another reason
for allowing this accident to occur.
My son was a successful football player his freshman-junior years, but after
having had three concussions, he chose not to play this, his senior year. There
were also other factors involved but concussions and another injury were the key
factors. The pressure for him to play was great but he made the best choice for
his short and long term health. He has been looked down on by some of the
coaching staff and others because he "let the team down." Some of
these "adults" won't speak to him nor acknowlege him and have called
him names. He also excells in other sports and could possibly get a scholarship
in one of them. Therefore, he is selfish for not playing football and for not
"laying it on the line for his team." Best wishes for a speedy
and full recovery to this young man.
We should outlaw tripping on sidewalks.
i'm a die hard park city fan taylor and ur family ni am so praying for you
@ Seek to understandYour thought process is irrational. These kids have a
MUCH bigger chance of dying in a car accident then they do on a football field.
They have a MUCH bigger chance getting seriously injured in a car accident then
on a football field. (Springville had one of their players killed
last year in a car accident)Are we also suppose to put a end to our
children driving? You could argue that it is more reckless to allow our
children to get into metal boxes and go driving off at 30+ miles a hour then it
is to let them play football. My point is that we simply can not cut out
everything in our children's lives that might put them at risk. While I am sure
sometimes we wish we could just lock our kids up to make sure they never get
hurt it is completely irrational. We take risks in life. It is called living.
These boys do what they love and sometimes they get hurt. Every single one of
them KNOWS THE RISK. Lets also not forget most of them are not
"children" anymore either. Many are legal adults, or close enough.
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.
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.@JSBYou 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.
@JSBYou'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.
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!
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
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
We are thinking of the Hancock family and hope that all will be well.
There are no words that help. Know that we are thinking of you and praying for
A truly unfortunate event, I wish you and your family be best in conquering
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
Just heard about this and it breaks my heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with
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.
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...
Very sad. Hope he recovers. Lots of prayers for his family. Football is a
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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