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Good perspective. Athletes work so hard for their dreams and some take their health for granted. But their character is only measured with adversity that often comes from injury. My son who has been an athlete since starting soccer at age 5 and has kept up his snowboarding and skateboarding into his 40's. He just had his 1st major surgery when his knee was severely broken in a May snowboarding injury in a year when he hit the slopes at Mt. Bachelor over 100 times. Still I have never been more proud of his character watching him work his rehab as he wants to get back to the slopes again for this coming snow season. He's already stepped back on his skateboard even if he isn't taking jumps.

You did a wonderful job capturing the personal story but most important the character of Logan Fano in a way where all of us can relate. Thanks. It is why we keep coming back.

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I'm not crying, you're not crying. I really appreciate the stories you're telling and the perspective, through the eyes of a family man. Inspirational.

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Oct 3, 2023Liked by John Canzano

With all the conference greed we’ve been having to talk about this was a timely reminder of all the good people just trying to be their best. I’ll be watching for his return and routing for him. Even though he’ll probably be in a different conference than my Cougs next year. Thanks for sharing.

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Oct 3, 2023Liked by John Canzano

True fans of the sport never go away from an injury such as this without a glassy eyed moment. Fortunately, all of my grandsons avoided serious injuries throughout their football careers 🤞🏼

Been at games when a player goes down and out and the opposing “fans” cheer...😡

Heal well Logan

GO DAWGS

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Oct 3, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Love the story. Good luck and good healing to Logan.

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Oct 3, 2023Liked by John Canzano

John, You have got to stop with these tear jerkers!! You are like Roy Firestone in Jerry Mcguire trying to make everyone cry... In all seriousness, fantastic article and perspective. Thank you for bringing out the humanity in sports.

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Oct 3, 2023Liked by John Canzano

We all can hope the young man will have a successful surgery and recover to be 100% ready to go some time next year.

No fun, I have had both knees replaced and unfortunately they did not turn out as well as I expected and today I try and go to the gym to help me to walk better with out a lot of pain.

Football is a dangerous game, and a lot of players suffer from it for years, after their playing time is over.

I wish the best to the young man and his family.

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Awesome column and insight John. All to often we look at opposing players and identify them as "the enemy". These young men aren't any different than the young men in orange and black. They're good, respectful kids, just like the one's on the opposite sideline. Thanks for sharing this!!

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Oct 3, 2023Liked by John Canzano

John, One of your best and you've written a ton of those. I've played at that level and I know. That and two knee replacements as I've aged. A very inspiring piece. Well done. Thank you. Steve Hamilton

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Very touching, John. You do us all a huge favor when you make us feel the subtleties of the game, and the emotional involvement of players and fans. Thank you for bringing us in. Charlie

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John, thanks for humanizing the injury report that so many of us pass over as statistical. Each injury is a life changing moment for that individual. It's easy for us to forget...whether it happens to football players or that neighbor or friend. This kid sounds classy. I'll bet money he recovers.

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Wow, what a shame. What a nice guy as well. Can you provide any public means to contact Logan and wish him well? I knew the Utes have faced a lot of injuries this year but this really brings it home.

I'm a Duck honk and always will be but I also have a ton of respect for great athletes that show their vulnerable side as well. Good luck to him and his brother.

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Thanks for this. Love hearing about someone who's still classy and kind on their worst days. We can all learn something!

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John- your second great story from that Utah/Beavers game! Exactly like you said, his parents should be So Proud of his apology, coming out of medical tent. Huge indicator of character.

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You are approaching Jim Murray status, sir! Yet another fantastic column.

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Man, I hate these injuries. That said, I'm surprised we don't see more the way these players crash into each other at high speed and get tangled up in piles. I find myself hoping after every play to see everyone get back to their feet. Logan Fano sounds like a great kid, and I'm hoping for a full recovery.

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