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A Step away from your love for a different passion

By Justin Walters
By jwalters@wbbjtv.com

Opponents on the field know Crockett County's Hunter Boyd as a fierce competitor.

So you might be surprised that he's choosing to step away from the field for his freshman year in college.

"A lot of people were surprised. They know how passionate I am about football and how much work I put into it," said Boyd.

As a 2013 All-State linebacker, Boyd was recruited by schools from California to West Tennessee. But for now he's hanging up his helmet.

"In 20 years, I can always be physical therapist. In 20 years, I'm not going to have a career in football," explained the 18-year old.

A big influence in Boyd's pursuit of a career in physical therapy is a personal one.

Last year, the Crockett County standout underwent shoulder surgery.

"For two to three months, I was pouring sweat. Doing push ups I have never done before."

Boyd credits Casey Eison from Sports Plus with his full recovery and ability to return to play his senior year.

"Football is football. It only last a certain time. Your education is going to last forever," said Crockett County head football coach Kevin Ward.

Boyd said his goal is to finish his freshman year at UT Chattanooga with at least a 3.5 GPA. Then he says he may consider playing again.

"Football comes first in their eyes. I hope they can understand that I'm trying to pursue my profession more than my athletic ability," said Boyd.

The linebacker's love for football is still there, and for now he holds dear the memories of his last game.

"There's my little celebration. I don't know what that is. It's just in the moment."
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