PRICHARD, Alabama (WALA) - In week one of the high school football season, Vigor running back DeAngelo Miller ran for 134 yards and two scores against Williamson. Four months earlier, he was sitting in a hospital in a full body cast.
"I was just devastated. I really didn't think he'd have the chance to play again," said head coach Kerry Stevenson.
It all began on May 8, when Miller went for a drive off I-65 near Exit 8.
"On the way to Burger King one night, getting off the exit, lost control of the car, spiraled out of control, hit a tree," Miller recalled.
He was trapped in the car. He said a police officer had to bust open the window and pull him out. He was wrenched from the car right before it caught fire.
"I had a dislocated hip, tore a ligament in my back, tore a ligament in my neck," said Miller.
Forced into a full body cast and neck brace, the junior worried about only one thing: Will he be able to play football again?
After 12 weeks, the neck brace came off, and Miller's healing took off. On August 24, he returned to practice. The 5'9", 172 pounder said football motivated his recovery.
"Feel like if I don't play football, I feel like I lost a family member, that's how much it means to me," he told FOX10.
Coach Stevenson said Miller has become one of the team's leaders since his return.
"You know what? I think he's gonna get even better," the coach concluded.
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