PLAQUEMINE, LA (FOX44) — History was made in Plaquemine Wednesday. High school senior football star, Devon Godcheaux, has been named U.S. Army All American. He's one of 90 football players nationwide to get this recognition.
"No one has captured this much attention at Plaquemine High," said Plaquemine football coach, Paul Distefano.
The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder line backer injured his knee during the Devil's season opener against East Ascension in early September.
"I do five days a week of rehab and I am taking it slow you know," said Godcheaux.
His injury didn’t didn't stop him.
"I knew I could come back. I am a pretty strong person."
"I think it’s awesome that the U.S. Army honored him despite his injury,” said coach Distefano. “It’s an all American ting to stick to him and honor him."
So now, he holds the title of All-American and will head to Death Valley to play for the Tigers in the fall.
"I talk to them twice a week like Coach Miles."
Godchaux says he will do everything he can to get back on the field.
"He's real anxious to get back to 100 percent," noted Distefano.
Coach Distefano says he is handling the situation better than even himself.
"He's such a hard working kid."
And Godcheaux says it’s only a matter of time before he’s back in his element; on the green under the lights.
"I stay positive keep a smile on my face and I joke a lot. I keep smiling because you will never catch me on a down day, there will be days when you’re down but you have to keep smiling."
Godchaux faces six to eight months of rehab after tearing two ligaments, one was the ACL. He will go on to the U.S. Army Bowl game, January 4th in San Antonio Texas, along with his coach.
The game is broadcasted NBC 33 at noon.