Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 31 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29:
Number of the day: 31
That’s the number of touchdowns Brian Milne scored during Fort LeBoeuf’s 1989 season. His 2,419 rushing yards that season are the fourth most in District 10 history.
Milne’s story is well known, but always worth repeating. He never got a chance to duplicate or surpass the statistics he posted as a junior after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1990.
Although Milne didn’t play for the Bison as a senior, Penn State coach Joe Paterno didn’t rescind the football scholarship offered by the Nittany Lions even if Milne never played a down for them.
Milne recovered and returned to the football in the 1991 Erie Lions Club Save-An-Eye All-Star Game. He went on to play for Penn State and then four seasons in the National Football League with Cincinnati, Seattle and New Orleans.
– Mike Copper