Miller may return to play for Wildcats
by By Paul Adkins
Skyler Miller has been an inspiration to not only the Logan High School football team but also the whole student body and the community as a whole.
Last March after an ATV accident, Miller was taken to the hospital.
His injuries were not serious but doctors made a discovery that no one saw coming.
He was diagnosed with leukemia.
The freshman football player then went on a courageous journey, starting and then finishing chemotherapy after several weeks and then returning to go to school.
Late in the spring, Miller was feeling good enough to come home.
He made a triumphant return at Logan’s Roger Gertz Field as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Logan High School baseball home game to a standing ovation.
Miller was a key freshman player on last year’s Logan football team as he saw time at defensive back and at wide receiver.
After beating leukemia and gaining strength, there’s a chance No. 28 could be back on the field for the Wildcats.
“We’ve got his locker ready for him whenever he can get back here with us,” Logan coach Gary Mullins said.
Mullins said the LHS football team has really missed having Miller around.
“We’re missing Skylar Miller,” he said. “We’re hoping that he can get back out here. He’s in the recovery part of it now. He’s fighting every day. He gave up everything for football and we don’t have that many guys like there around here. He was working so hard and was doing all the right things. He probably would be playing for us on both sides of the ball. He played a lot for us last year. He’s a great kid and he’s fought really hard.”
Back in the spring when news began to spread about Miller’s condition, Logan High School and the Logan community came together, showing their support, raising funds for his therapy and wearing orange, the awareness color for leukemia.
If Miller is unable to come back this season for the Wildcats, the 2014 and 2015 seasons are still possibilities, Mullins said.
“I know and he knows that he will be playing his junior and senior years,” Mullins said. “This year as a sophomore, as soon as they release him he’s got plans on working out. It will just depend on how fast his body is able to build itself back up. If anybody can be out here it will be him. If anyone has got the work ethic to do it it will be him. He’s a worker and he goes hard. We can’t wait for him to be around us every day.”
Mullins said Miller has been very inspirational to not only his football players, but for the whole city, county and state.
“He’s never lost his faith,” Mullins said. “Giving up is not in his vocabulary. He’s already beat this thing and he’s going to continue to beat it. We’re just privileged for him to be a part of our lives and for us being able to learn from him. He’s had a great attitude through this whole thing. He has a lot of faith.”
Seeing Miller step back on the field someday would be very emotional, Mullins said.
“He’s had a great attitude through this whole thing,” he said. “We’re looking forward to him being back out here. We can’t wait to see him out here.”
Miller’s name is listed on a roster released on Thursday by Coach Mullins.
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