JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Bishop Snyder Head Football Coach Jake McCrae might be the only guy to talk about getting his kidney removed like a halftime pep talk.
"Don't cry for me Argentina. It's going to be OK. It's a bump in the road," McCrae said. "We're going to get this thing out of you and we're gonna be good to go. So I'm gonna be to be good to go.
Last week, doctors found a 13-centimeter mass on his left kidney that had to be taken out immediately.
So in his last game before the surgery, he's using it as a teaching moment.
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"Team gets a couple touchdowns on you, a couple first downs. Are you going to lay there and let them steamroll you? You gotta counter punch. It's a bump in the road, and I'm going to count punch this situation and get back to this team," he said.
And the team knows how to counter punch.
The 42-man crew took it upon themselves to put Coach McCrae's initials on their helmets and say they're playing this game with all their heart.
"They do this for themselves, they do this for their community. And they do this for me," McCrae said.
And Coach McCrae will be back on the sidelines in two weeks to see them through.
"I couldn't ask to have a better group behind me than these kids, I love them so much."
First Coast News