Tiger Football Kicker Ben Logsdon to Play Tonight vs. Fairdale
On an early morning in the summer, Tiger Football kicker Ben Logsdon’s career was put on hold. The senior’s spleen spontaneously ruptured. He was sent by ambulance to Kosair’s Children’s Hospital, and the doctors found out by an ultra sound that he had lost blood internally. A splenectomy was done by Doctor Fallat, a mother of two St. X students who recently graduated.
“I was never in pain during the whole experience, which I find amazing because they couldn’t give me any medicine until surgery,” said Logsdon. He stayed in the hospital for five days after the surgery, and he appreciated the support he received.
“I had great support from everyone,” said Logsdon. “Coach Wolford specifically was a great support for me at that time.”
Ben never gave up, as he fought to stay in shape. “Once I could walk, I tried to walk as much as I could,” Logsdon recalled. “After I was cleared to do physical therapy, I began physical therapy to help strengthen all the muscles except the abdominals. I did this 3 times a week for 3 weeks. Then I began to jog, and eventually, run.”
The biggest challenge for him has been trying to gain 20 pounds that he had lost due to all that occurred. He was cleared for all normal activities on Monday, and he is ready to go.
“I wouldn’t say I’m at 100% only because I lost a lot of strength,” Logsdon explained. “But other than that, I’ve been feeling great. My incision is completely healed.”
Being away from the team for 3 weeks wasn’t very easy.
“It has actually been quite rough on me,” Logsdon admitted. “I know I went through a lot and am lucky, but not being able to play really made me feel like an outcast for those weeks. I actually got really emotional about it after I left the locker room after the Bryan Station victory. I feel selfish about that now, but it was only because I wish I had felt more a part of the win. This week has been great putting on all the pads. It makes me feel a part of it again.”
Logsdon, like most kickers, usually measures their success by how well they kick that night. Tonight will be different for him.
“Just being out there will be a success,” Logsdon said. “The rest will handle itself. Hopefully I’ll get in there for a couple extra points and maybe a field goal or a kick off.”
Tiger Football will take on Fairdale tonight at 7:30 p.m at Brother Thomas More Stadium.
Go Tigers! We Are!