Colin Newton shows champion’s mindset throughout his recovery from devastating injury
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - October 7, 2022 was a renewal of one of the most heated rivalries in the state of Wyoming.
Cheyenne Central went across town to battle their nemesis Cheyenne East in a game with serious postseason implications. But all the hype, all the fanfare, all the energy, in one moment, disappeared.
“I kind of knew at a certain point what had happened, and my tibia and fibula were out of my skin. You know, when you hear about injuries like this, they’re the ones on SportsCenter and ESPN. So I didn’t know what the future was going to hold for my leg or my health,” Central offensive/defensive lineman Colin Newton said.
“When I saw it happen, I didn’t realize it was Colin. I just knew a player. Then I started seeing kids get off the pile, and I didn’t see number 55. And so I rushed down to the field, and one of the assistant coaches who I’ve taught with and worked with for over 20 years kind of grabbed me and said ‘you need to take a second and brace yourself here,’” Colin’s father Steve Newton said.
Colin had suffered a double compound fracture to his tibia and fibula, an injury with an estimated recovery time of 9-12 months. His season and high school football career at Central came to an abrupt end, but that ultimately wasn’t even his primary focus.
“It challenges you mentally. But going into physical therapy, waking up every day and stretching and all of that, you know, having to do that stuff is worth it. Even though it’s a challenge. Waking up every morning and knowing I have to go through some things,” Colin said.
“The moment it breaks you might imagine is the worst of the pain, but from what I observed I don’t think that’s the case. I saw him endure levels of pain-- especially late at night-- that were just heartbreaking as a parent to be next to him knowing I couldn’t do anything about it,” Steve said.
Even though it’s a grueling process each day, Colin’s mental fortitude on his road back has proven to be nothing short of inspiring.
“I worked hard to get to the point I was the day before my injury, and now I have a new goal in mind. It’s to get healthy again. Be able to do everything I can again. Running, jogging, jumping, everything like that,” Colin said. “Just because life has changed doesn’t mean it’s going to stay this way. My life has continued on. I didn’t stop being myself from that point on. I’m still me. I didn’t really let it define me, and I’m trying to get back to where I was.”
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