Tonawanda News — When Kenmore West running back Alex Price was carted off the field on Oct. 13, 2012 after leading his Blue Devils to a 13-10, hard-fought victory over rival Kenmore East this past football season, his athletic future was in question. More importantly, there was concern as to whether or not he would be able to walk again.
Price fractured the C-5 disc on his vertebrae, breaking a piece of the bone completely off in a scary collision that resulted in the star running back laying motionless for almost 20 minutes. Ken West basketball coach Mike Meetze was with Price that night and when the injury first happened, nobody knew what to expect.
"You hear what the doctors say and you hope for the best, but honestly you fear for the worst," Meetze said. "My big thing is I just want him to be healthy, so he can walk and not have that affect his life forever. That's what I tried to tell him that night, and he didn't want to hear it. He said, 'I'm going to play again coach, I'm going to play again.' I said, 'Alex, let's just worry about walking and make sure you're not paralyzed.' But he kept saying, 'I'm going to be fine, I'm going to beat this thing.'"
Almost three months later — two of which were spent in a neck brace — Price has made a full recovery. He's started every game for the Blue Devils this season, leading them to a 3-0 start in the Niagara Frontier League. His MVP performance helped the Blue Devils win the Ken-Ton tournament over the Winter break.
Price has been thrilled with the success his team has had so far this season, but he's mainly just happy to be able to compete.