For the second time in three years, the Kentucky football team is playing for more than victories. In 2020 they’re playing for a teammate who is fighting something much bigger than football.
Two years ago Josh Paschal fought admirably to take down skin cancer. Now UK linebacker Chris Oats is in a fight of his own and he’s not doing it alone.
Oats was expected to compete for a spot on an All-SEC team in 2020. Instead a health emergency derailed his aspirations. Even though he cannot be on the field with his teammates this year, No. 22 will still be making plays every Saturday as players take turns honoring Oats.
We are #22OatsStrong all season long.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) September 25, 2020
Once you wipe away the tears, consider joining Oats’ fight by donating to the GoFundMe organized by teammates. Rehabilitation centers are not cheap by any means. Any and all donations will happily be accepted. If I could recommend an amount, $22 seems appropriate.