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It's been a little over a year since a swimming accident left Lafayette High School Athlete, Austin Whitten, in a wheelchair. And even though he's not able to play football right now, it hasn't stopped him from cheering on his high school team.

Whitten tells Channel 3 he loves sports, so it's no wonder that even after his accident, he couldn't stay away from one of the teams he devoted so much of his time to. And Friday night was no different as Whitten showed up in his favorite attire, his very own number 8 football jersey.

He tells us he comes to every Lafayette High School football practice, scrimmage, and game that he can; just to show support for the team that he calls his second family.

He says he wouldn't miss it for the world. "It's very important. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. This is where I always want to be," said Whitten.

Whitten has been attending physical therapy and says he has regained some feeling. He tells Channel 3 that he will always hold on to the hope that he might someday put on his jersey and get to play on the field with his teammates once again.

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