Josiah Council overcomes car accident to inspire team | News
Josiah Council is a jack of all trades at Madison West.
"He's a manager, water boy, motivator-- that's what his business card would say," said Regent Head Coach Greg Valaskey.
He's patrolled the West sidelines for the last four years, but his contribution to the team goes well beyond high fives and water bottles.
"I've never met a guy who is more full of energy and enthusiasm," said Sean Walker, a Madison West senior.
As a 4-year-old, Josiah's life changed forever.
"He was with my sister and they were driving to where we lived and there was a car that hit him," said Brenda Council, Josiah's mom.
"My aunt didn't make it, and actually my brain was damaged," said Josiah.
"I tell you, it was one of the hardest things to stand through and watch," said Flenard Council, Josiah's dad.
"He was in a coma and he came out of it in a vegetative state. The doctors said there was no hope for him," said Brenda Council.
"It was almost like your son was laying there lifeless," said Flenard Council.
But Josiah defied the odds, and his love of sports led him to football.
"They're like my brothers, my football brothers, and I just love them so much," said Josiah.
The injury kept him off the playing field, but he's found other ways to make an impact.
"Josiah brought everyone into the locker room. [last year during the West-Memorial game] and he kind of got us quieted down.� He faced so much so adversity [the accident]� and might not have a chance to live and he pulled through," said Finley Nahn, a West senior.
"With what happened to him, he's definitely a real leader," said Walker.
Proving his value as an inspiration on the field and off.
"When you see someone who wants to play that bad and knows he can't, but still shows up everyday, that inspires you," said Finley Nahn.
"Everything that I put my heart into, they just support me and respect me, and I love it a lot," said Josiah.
"Others would probably say, 'you know what? I'm giving up, I'm quitting,' but he's not quitting," said Flenard Council.