Landry Gilpin has always played football at the highest level.
In 2018, Landry accumulated 6,656 total yards and 82 total touchdowns, becoming the first valley athlete to be recognized as Mr. Texas Football in history.
His success translated to an opportunity to continue his career at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Tx.
It did not take Landry long to make an impact.
“I was being implemented in games in small little packages,” Landry said. “Eventually we had a couple guy get hurt and it was my turn to start.”
Despite taking minimal snaps in his first three games, Landry made the most of his opportunities. By his fourth career game, Landry earned a starting role.
His first series translated into a field goal.
His second series would shape the rest of his season.
“I go out and we’re moving again down the field,” Landry said. “Then, all of a sudden, my knee buckles up and I’m like ‘what the heck I’ve never felt that before?”
Landry was diagnosed with a torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and a partially torn meniscus.
“Having that happen to you is a heartbreaker,” Landry said. “Especially in a time when you really feel like you’re going to sprout.”
Landry had surgery to repair his injury and began rehabilitation. The process was made even more difficult when COVID-19 limited social contact, but Landry managed with body-weight workouts in his yard.
“Having a coach as a dad is a nice thing,” Landry said. “Having somebody that can be over you and say it’s time to get to work to get your knee better.”
Now, after months of work, Landry is ready for another opportunity.
“I went to go see my surgeon and he said I’m good,” Landry said. “It brings a new excitement than last year.”
Most athletes are awaiting news regarding if 2020 will see a college football season.
Landry’s wait has been a bit longer, but he will be ready when his next opportunity presents itself.
For his determination through a difficult journey, Southwestern University Quarterback Landry Gilpin is this week’s DHR Health Athlete of the Week.