A Perkins Buckeye battles back

COLUMBUS The smile on Tyson Gentry's face is as wide as ever. And it's contagious, to
AnthonyMoujaes
May 24, 2010

 

COLUMBUS

The smile on Tyson Gentry's face is as wide as ever.

And it's contagious, too.

Despite being in a motorized wheelchair since a football injury in April 2006, Gentry has stood tall to the challenge and continues to impact the lives of those around him.

Now a year into a rehab program at the Ohio State Medical Center that puts him on a treadmill with the assistance of a harness, Gentry is feeling the ground beneath his feet again.

The 23-year old Perkins graduate serves as an inspiration to his community, his family and to his Buckeye teammates who wear his No. 24 on their helmets in his honor.

He even has a joke at their expense.

Take junior Kurt Coleman, the player who tackled Gentry during that fateful 2006 spring practice.

"He was more broken up about the injury than I was," Gentry said. Coleman had enrolled at Ohio State early and the two hadn't talked much.

After Coleman made two interceptions -- the first two of his college career -- in a win over Troy on Sept. 20, Gentry flashed a smile and simply said, "It's nice he finally caught the ball."