On November 2, Youngstown State quarterback Nathan Mays broke his ankle in a game against North Dakota State. It was a disappointing end to his senior season — or so he thought. It turns out he had one more play in him.
When Youngstown State wrapped up their season against Illinois State on Saturday, Mays’ teammates carried him out onto the field so he could take the final snap — and final knee — of his career, and seal Youngstown State’s 21-3 win.
Mays was in uniform with a brace on his ankle, and two other teammates helped him take a knee on the field so he wouldn’t aggravate his injury.
During the postgame news conference, Mays revealed the planning that went into his surprising final appearance on the field, which brought his father to tears.
“I had it planned, a lot of people thought I was just joking around,” Mays said. “I said if we were up multiple scores at halftime I was going to bring the pads out. Once it got closer and closer, it was just kind of flying by, and I didn’t know if I had the guts to ask if I could finally do it, and when I went up to Bo [Pelini, head coach], Bo was all about it ... It didn’t hit me until I actually did it, and then I saw my dad in tears ... It was pretty special.”
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