Grand Valley High School senior Jacob White, a popular student and football player at the Parachute school, nearly lost his life this fall. Just before the start of the Class 2A playoffs, White landed in the hospital following an accident in the school's auto shop class.
While he didn't take the field for the Cardinals' first-round playoff game against Middle Park on Nov. 3, he was very much in the thoughts of everyone at Toby LeBorgne Stadium. Signs, T-shirts and stickers had a prevailing presence before and during the game, and White even got to watch the game from the "sideline" while in intensive care at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.
"One of our brothers nearly lost his life," Grand Valley senior running back Tanner Zimmerman said after Grand Valley's 21-14 playoff loss. "We tried to come out and play for him. There were a lot of emotions here. I can't wait to see my friend again and see that he's OK."
Emblems of the community's support for White, known by his teammates as "Cobo," were evident. Each of Grand Valley's football players wore White's No. 33 on the back of their football cleats.
Parents sold out of 300 shirts reading "We Love You Cobo!" All proceeds from the shirts, which sold for $6 each, went to help the family cover medical expenses.