Teammates, opponents and professional football player Marcus Lattimore are among those who reach out to the linebacker after he suffers a season-ending leg injury against Oregon City.

by: GRANT BOUSTEAD / COURTESY - Members of the Canby football team surround Sam Bodine, who had surgery Sept. 28 to repair broken bones in his left leg following an injury in the league-opening game against Oregon City. Bodine holds a game ball that was signed by teammates.If there were any questions about what football means to Sam Bodine, they were answered by his tweet before the Canby football team’s league opener against Oregon City.

“I live for nights like these,” he wrote.

But on one seemingly routine play that night, Bodine’s high school football career came to an abrupt ending.

The senior fullback and linebacker grotesquely broke his left fibula and ankle after being tackled from behind on a running play with about 4 minutes left in the first quarter, a devastating turn of events for an athlete who entered the season with an offer from Portland State and interest from several other Division I schools.

Bodine, however, has kept a positive outlook in the aftermath of the injury. He had surgery early Sept. 28.

“This may have been the worst thing that has ever happened to me,” he tweeted. “But I PROMISE this will not define me. I will come back stronger and faster.

“And I will live the life I want to live with the success I want to have. I WILL NOT BE STOPPED, by this or anything that ever comes my way.

“Some look at this as a curse. (It’s) a great opportunity (and) all this adversity will prepare me for my future so much and make me the man I want be.”

Meanwhile, there has been an outpouring of support for Bodine in Canby and beyond.

After the game, teammates took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the incident.

“Terrible things happen to great people,” senior Trey Bellmore tweeted. “Thoughts and prayers go out to @Mr_Sambodine you were our leader you will be back I love you brother.”

Added senior Alejandro Sandoval: “Prayers out to my boy @Mr_Sambodine and the family!!!! #staystrong #wediditforyou”

“I love you so much Sam,” tweeted Devon Fortier, who is sidelined for the season after hurting his knee over the summer. “(You’re) like a brother to me. I know u will get through this #PrayForSam @Mr_Sambodine.”

“There were tears on the football team tonight,” Adam Marion wrote. “Sam Bodine is one of the most amazing, and most inspiring athletes I’ve ever met.”

“140 letters isnt enough to express how I feel about watching my best friend since 6th grade go down and lose the thing he loves,” Zach Larson wrote.

“I cant even be happy right now,” tweeted A.J. Schlatter, referring to the team’s 20-15 win over the Pioneers.

Schlatter, who remained at Bodine’s side as medical personnel treated his close friend on the field, was one of several teammates to visit him at the hospital the next day. He gave Bodine a game ball that was signed by Canby players.

Cougars assistant coach Grant Boustead tweeted a photo of Bodine cradling the ball while sitting on his hospital bed, surrounded by teammates.

“God be with & bless @Mr_Sambodine,” Boustead wrote. “The boys balled out for you (Friday night) and got the win. We love you and can’t wait for your recovery #Family”

The Wild Hare Saloon in Canby expressed support for Bodine with a message on its marquee: “WE LOVE YOU SAM.”

Bodine also received warm messages from Three Rivers League opponents.

“Prayers go out to @Mr_Sambodine,” Oregon City quarterback Jonathan Hall tweeted. “Wish you a speedy recovery!”

“Thoughts & Prayers to you from the CAVS!” the Clackamas Touchdown Club wrote to Bodine. “You will become stronger in mind, body, spirit! CAVS are sending their thoughts & prayers for your speedy recovery & return to the field! #GoCougs #FBFAMILY”

Bodine even received encouragement from a professional football player on Instagram.

Marcus Lattimore, a former South Carlolina star and current member of the San Francisco 49ers whose career has been put on hold repeatedly by knee, ankle and leg injuries, said he heard about the injury and told Bodine not to give up.

The message thrilled Bodine.

“One of the most incredible things to ever happen to me,” Bodine wrote. “This man has been at the top and fallen to the bottom. ... He has proved so many wrong. This just fuels me more. I WILL not be stopped by anything that comes my way in life.”

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