On September 21, Prep Rally reported on the scary circumstances surrounding Adrian Padilla, the Oxnard (Calif.) High defensive back who suffered a serious concussion during his team's loss to San Luis Obispo (Calif.) High, eventually collapsing shortly after he reached his team's sideline.
After some harrowing moments -- and a touching vigil held outside Padilla hospital room -- the senior is ready to leave the hospital. According to Ball Hyped and KSBY.com, Padilla finally left the hospital room he had been sequestered in for 19 days on Tuesday evening, returning home with a wealth of good will for all those who cared for him while he was hospitalized.
And, as you can see above, Padilla leaves the hospital with a healthy looking scalp, albeit one that shows off the trauma that his concussion caused. It's good a thing that chicks dig scars, right?
"Juss saw the FAMBAM!" Padilla Tweeted Tuesday night. "Felt so good to be around the team. Almost brought tears to my eyes! Love you guys."
Padilla's Oxnard teammates have continually done all they can to memorialize Padilla while he was away sick. The team has reportedly been playing with "A.P. 25" stickers on their helmets, honoring Padilla's number 25 jersey number. And, not surprisingly, teammates have continually visited Padilla in the hospital during his stay there.
Most importantly, the Yellow Jackets are glad to see one of their teammates back healthy, even if his condition ensures that he won't return to school until the spring semester, and that he likely will have to give up football altogether.
Fittingly, football was hardly what Oxnard football coach Mark Beckham's focused on when asked about his senior defensive back after the team's first victory following Padilla's collapse.
"He looks the same," Beckham told the Ventura County Star. "He acts the same. He laughs the same. He's going to walk away from that and he's going to live a great life."