BALDWIN, Wis.--Two soccer teams, known to be tough competitors, set aside rivalries to redefine sportsmanship.
On October 10 the Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks and Amery Warriors played their last game of the season. The coaches and players from both sides agreed the stakes were too high to let their most prized player sit out.
Jordan Nutt, a high school senior, is the team manager for the Blackhawks. He is there for every game cheering on his teammates. But he didn't always sit on the sidelines. Jordan joined the team his freshman year and was a stellar goal keeper and forward, according to Blackhawks head coach Krzystof Nickowski.
"Very versatile, very driven, very devoted to the team," Nickowski said.
He was so good even Flint Karis, head coach of Amery, took notice.
"He was a promising young soccer player," Karis said.
That all changed June 1, 2012. Jordan was playing soccer at the Baldwin Soccer Field when he decided to go pick up a friend. He got in his car and started driving when he came upon a stop sign near railroad tracks, just a few feet from the fields. Jordan was an inexperienced driver and overshot the stop sign. He tried to move the car but couldn't. A train traveling 48 miles per hour and carrying 17,000 tons hit him.
Jordan doesn't remember much from that day.
"All I know is that I'm really lucky I'm here," Jordan said.
The 18-year-old suffered a traumatic brain injury.
"They didn't know if he would talk...they didn't know if he would come out of coma," Ronda Birk, Jordan's mom said.
Jordan's recovery has been remarkable. He still can't use his right arm but he learned to walk without assistance, learned to talk and his mom said he is more social than before. But she knew her son missed soccer.
"I think this is the hardest struggle for him is not to be out there playing with the boys," Birk said.
The agreement between the Blackhawks and Warriors allowed Jordan to be with his boys.
During the last five minutes of Thursday's game, Jordan was helped by players from both teams to score a goal. The game ended 4-1, with the Blackhawks taking the win.
"It was the first game that I actually enjoyed losing," Michael Elbing, co-captain for Amery said.
Jordan said he was glad to finish his senior year achieving a dream he didn't think was possible.
"I just want them to be inspired and it's not about winning or losing. It's about just having fun and do your best because you never know when your time will come like mine, and you never know if you will ever be able do that sport again," Jordan said.
Jordan has watched the video of his play three times already. Even the opposing team can't get enough of it.
"It was so worth it. I'd do it a thousand times over," Matthew Hanson, also co-captain for Amery said.
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