J.J. had an epidermal hematoma, so they had to perform a craniotomy, which means surgeons had to cut away about a third of his skull. along with that, J.J. and family would still have to deal with paralysis in his face, hearing loss and having casts set on his arms.
“Every time they looked at an X-ray they found something else,” said Allen Brown, J.J.’s father.
However, even facing the long road to recovery and an uncertain future, J.J. wanted to get back on the soccer field.
“I didn’t think he would every play any sports. In fact, he still had both arms in casts when he asked the his doctor, ‘When can I play again?’” said his mother.
That number was six months, and although he admitted that he would try to sneak out and play before he was fully cleared, no one was sure if he would be able to play again.
During that winter he played on an indoor team, before returning to travel soccer in the spring and high school this fall, where he joins his older brother Brooks, a senior, on the Hatchet team.
Brown said he is not nervous on the field about heading the ball or any other part of the game. He also said that his coaches and teammates don’t treat him any differently. And he doesn’t expect him too.
“I just do the same things I’ve always done,” said Brown.
Hatchet coach Quintin Myers is quick to say how proud he is of J.J. and the tremendous strides he has made.
“You can’t tell the difference between J.J. and anyone else out there,” said Myers. “He goes just as hard, and has never asked for anything special.”
“This is the most serious injury we have every had a player go through, and to come back the way he has is just amazing. No one would have blamed him, if he would have chosen to take the easy way out.”