Andrew Brett playing well through ACL injury
Andrew Brett wasn’t going to be denied.
The senior quarterback tore his ACL in the team’s final home game against Southern Lehigh, and it appeared his season was over.
Still, Brett was confident he would return for the annual Thanksgiving Day game against Northampton.
Brett did and managed to throw for 141 yards in his final high school football contest. But Brett still had his final basketball season on the horizon.
So far, Brett hasn’t missed a beat. Four years ago, former Roughie Brandon Purrone had a similar situation as he tore his ACL during football and played the basketball season.
“I really don’t have any pain,” said Brett, who is one of the Roughies’ starting guards this season. “I really forget about it during a game. I do have some soreness after a game, but I have been doing some rehab.
“I really don’t have too many restrictions with it, and I feel good out there.”
Head coach Eric Snyder didn’t expect Brett to miss much time as his floor general.
“He’s as tough as nails,” said Snyder about Brett. “He is a hard worker and a smart player. Brett is very determined and the glue of our team.
“He may not be the fastest guy out there, nor the quickest and he may not jump the highest. But he always is in the right position. Brett anticipates very well. When he is on, he can be a very accurate shooter from the corner.”
Brett likes what he has seen form his team’s fast start this season. With their recent win over Lehighton, the Roughies had an overall 5-1 mark and a 4-1 slate in the Colonial League.
He relishes his role offsetting leading scorers Isaiah Graves and Jaylen Green.
“We really have some good chemistry on the court,” he said. “I know I don’t have to score with Isaiah (Graves) and Jaylen (Green), but I know that I can if needed. We really have developed some depth and we’re getting contributions from a number of guys.”
Brett plans to have surgery in March, and he will miss baseball season. It will be an eight-month process to get back to full strength.
“Missing baseball will hurt,” he said. “I have played since I was little. But I really wouldn’t be able to do much out there, especially with sliding. I would be very limited, so I figured I would have it done.”
Until then, Brett plans to go back to business as usual on the court. He doesn’t plan to slow his game.
“I just want to go out there and do whatever I can to help the team,” he said. “I’ll go out there and give everything I have.”