Congratulations to Josh Paschal, who was just named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week. Paschal returned to the field on Saturday for the first time since being diagnosed with malignant melanoma on the bottom of his right foot in July.
In the second quarter, Paschal made a tackle on third down to force a punt, resulting in a huge ovation from the crowd. As Kash Daniel said, Paschal’s return was a high on an already emotional day at Kroger Field.
“That was the highlight of my year, seeing JP out there doing his thing. That’s unbelievable. He’s been through so much. You guys know the big picture but you don’t know the little things, the mental part he had to deal with. He’s always so positive about coming back, there was never a negative day he had. He always had a great attitude. Josh is an unbelievable guy, I’m honored to be his teammate.”
After the game on Saturday, Paschal opened up about his battle with cancer and his return to the field, which he called “God’s Plan.”
“I always wanted to work as hard as I can. I know it may have not seemed like I was ready to play but I just knew I couldn’t follow my plan, I had to follow God’s plan for me. You never know what God’s plan is so you have to keep going harder and harder every day and just do the things necessary to get to this point.”
With his medical redshirt safe and sound, Paschal has three years of eligibility remaining. Good on the SEC for recognizing an awesome moment.