Alaska high school football player to undergo knee surgery performed by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews

Dr. James Andrews and Drew GibbsDrew (center) and Trey Gibbs before surgery with Dr. James Andrews.

by Jeff Fisher, High School Football America

As we all know, Alaska isn’t the hotbed of high school football in America, but I do love a great story.

When Trey Gibbs, father of Soldotna Stars‘ running back Drew Gibbs, contacted me last month about his son’s knee injury, I was fascinated by the bond between the two and the lengths that Trey was going to make sure his son’s dream of playing college football wouldn’t die with his knee injury that occurred in the first week of the high school football season in Alaska.  Gibbs has been Soldotna’s star running back for three straight Medium School state championships.

Last season, Gibbs who averaged 8.8 yards rushing and was named the state’s Medium School Offensive Player of the Year.

I was especially fascinated that Trey would go to the ends of the earth, or at least Florida, to make sure that Drew’s knee was properly taken care of.  I say Florida, because that’s where Drew will undergo surgery on Thursday with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who Trey contacted on a whim.

Related: “A Family Affair” – a father & son football journey

Drew, who holds several college offers, including one from defending NCAA Division II national champion Colorado State-Pueblo, now believes that his college football dream didn’t end when his senior season ended in mid-August.  He says he’ll work hard to rehab and share his journey with our readers in the blog A Family Affair.

Related: “A Family Affair” – Trey & Drew Gibbs

In addition to writing about his rehab, Drew will also chronicle his time as an “assistant coach” of Soldotna.

We wish Drew and his entire family a successful surgery tomorrow and look forward to sharing his story with all of our readers.

And, for those of you wondering, I could only find two Alaska high school football players that have made it to the NFL — Mark Schlereth, former NFL offensive lineman and current ESPN analyst, who played at Service High School and another offensive lineman, Daryn Colledge, who played for North Pole High School and was a 2006 second round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers.

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.

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