MODESTO (CBS13) – On Saturday night in Modesto, a young blind soccer player led his team to a big victory.
His spirit and determination have shown his community that with the right support and a passion for the game, anyone can play football.
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Jasen Bracy, 15, scored a touchdown as the Modesto Raiders starting quarterback. He said for him, this is just the start.
“We’ll see how long this career can last,” he said.
Jasen had big dreams of big games, but at age seven he lost his sight in a battle with retinal cancer.
“Once he beat that and got healthy he still wanted to play,” said his father, Jasen Sr.
His father was worried that his son would play contact sports without sight.
“A parent is just going to be worried no matter what,” Jasen Sr. said.
But Jasen was determined and started asking the coaches if they would let him play. It was a “yes” from head coach David Nichols.
“I never pushed him away,” said coach Nichols.
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Now with a plan, Jasen was in good hands, literally.
“We practice, practice, practice. That’s why you see him here doing what he does, ”Nichols said.
The teammates help Jasen to position himself on the field. His father directs him using a walkie-talkie and a speaker inside his helmet.
“After the play starts, I can say ‘Hey run to your right’ or ‘Look out, someone’s coming to hit you’,” Jasen Sr. said.
Dad said his son might not always know contact was coming, but he’s always ready to listen and take the pulse of every room.
“If we’re all on the same page, if I know my mission, they know their missions, everything should be good,” Jasen said.
Jasen already has a large fan base, putting more touchdowns on the board and having no fear. And he has a message for future quarterbacks: don’t let anything stop you.
This is Jason’s second year as a quarterback. He started out as a running back before making the switch.
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Jasen said he dreams of one day reaching the NFL.