Southfield's Matt Falcon Stays Strong Despite Injury |
Southfield High has a highly anticipated matchup with Detroit Cass Tech Friday night under the lights at Wayne State University. For some, the game will be one of the biggest games of their careers. And that's exactly where Southfield sophomore running back Matt Falcon wants to be. On the field, helping his team win the big games. Unfortunately, he'll have to provide strength and support to his team from the sidelines for now.
Poised to have a breakout year for the Bluejays as the starting running back, Falcon suffered a season ending ACL injury back in June. The devastating injury occurred at the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp, held ironically at his home school's field, putting a temporary hold on Falcon's high career.
"I was devasted, and I felt like I let my coaches and my team down," Falcon said about his knee injury. "I was really looking forward to my sophomore season with the team and the offensive line that we have. I felt the running game was going to be dominant this year."
At 6-1, 200-pounds, with sub-4.5 speed, Falcon is a rare talent when healthy, playing both football and track at Soutfield. Before the injury, colleges including Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, UCLA, Central Michigan & Bowling Green were all showing interest in Falcon. Naturally, he is hoping for a speedy recovery in order to get back on the playing field by his juniour year.
"God willing, my outlook on playing next season is looking good" Falcon said. "With all the frustration and energy I'm feeling now, I'm going to put it all out on the field next year. Opposing defenses should beware. My goal is to be the top player in the state of Michigan when I return and hopefully nationally ranked. I'm going to do everything in my power to achieve (those) goals," he added.
Recovering from an ACL injury is no easy feat, especially at a running back where the position requires constant slashing and changing of direction. But it is possible to return to form after a diicicult ACL injury, as Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson proved last season. The All-Pro running back suffered the same kind of injury, and came back earlier than expected to rush for over 2,000 yards. Falcon is confident he'll be 100% by this time next year and is focused on players like Peterson who persevered through similar situations.
"I pull inspiration from Adrian Peterson, Derrick Rose, Marcus Lattimore, Darelle Revis and others. Watching their struggles inspires me to work harder to achieve my goals. I go to physical therapy twice a week, and I have one of the best physical therapists in the country," he said. "I also train with Mike Coval, a sports performance coach four days a week at Coval Fitness and Sports Performance in Ann Arbor. He's really taking the time and effort to get me back out on the field better than I was before."
Until he is cleared to get back on the gridiron, Falcon plans to cheer on his teammates from the sidelines, and even hopes to attend the Army All-American Combine in Texas this upcoming January.
"I'll be on the sidelines next to Coach Conely and Coach Windom, helping out where ever I can", said Falcon. "I'm looking forward to seeing my teammates perform well on both sides of the ball. I'm also looking forward to see my team perform well against top competition. I'll be pulling my hair out because im not on the field though".