A boarding school football player's moving story is even inspiring the already "inspired" Tim Tebow with his test of courage and strength.
Jacob Rainey, a senior at Woodberry Forest, Va., suffered a broken kneecap after being tackled during a football game. Upon arriving at the hospital, doctors discovered he had also ruptured the main artery in his leg and as a result would need to get it amputated, reported Yahoo.
"I don't know why me," Rainey said to the Associated Press. "I've never really asked myself that question. I think that would just make me feel sorry for myself, and that's the last thing I want to do."
Rainey has not let the injury keep him down and has been a positive force to his teammates and community.
"I feel like if I was in their shoes, I'd feel awkward about it and stuff, like talking about it, so I kind of joke about it. I mean, it is what it is. I can't change anything. There's no point [complaining] about it, so I think it makes everyone more comfortable about it if I just joke about it like it's alright. That's how it's always been."
Rainey was hopeful of a chance he would not have to get his leg amputated, but in the end it had to be.
"The doctors told me a couple times that I wasn't going to get amputated, so I was feeling pretty good until Friday. I don't remember a lot, but I just remember them telling me it was going to get amputated and I was just like, `All right, well, that sucks."'
Yahoo reports that the former high school stand out will be spending some time with football stars Tebow and Clay Matthews.
"What an amazing kid and what an amazing outlook that he has," Tebow said about the quarterback who has been compared to him. "I'm so proud to have the opportunity to spend time with him and his family. We're very excited about that."