Faith and Football Lead MSU Athlete Through the Darkness
Just a junior in high school, Luke Keller was prepared to stop his own life. The depression and anxiety disorders that beleaguered him were becoming overwhelming, and life beyond his own head wasnt considerably more forgiving. Kellers dad left the family when he was only 10 years old, his grandmother (who lived with him) died of cancer, and his grandpa was in prison. It began to feel like suicide was his only way out.
When he became consumed with suicidal ideas, one day, Keller came home from school and started to mow the yard. Desperate and scared, he talked to someone he’d never reached out to before: God.
If you’re real, I said God. Because now Im going to stop my life in the event you are what folks say you’re, then tell me something. I want you now if youre real, Keller told the Portsmouth Daily Times.
Subsequently, Keller remembered, he was told by a voice, I’d like you to follow me.
Keller fell to his knees and started to weep feeling relieved of the weights of stress and depression. His ideas of suicide had vanished. Keller considered it was all thanks to God.
Keller entered as a born-again Christian at Valley High School in Ohio. As the starting Keller used his sport to present gratitude and his beliefs. After each touchdown, Keller pointed to the sky and knelt.
Sadly for Keller, some considered the football field was no position because of his beliefs. During a playoff game, an official told Keller that if the gesture was made by him again, he’d not be permitted to play. Keller was totally devastated, yet he determined that if he scored he’d do the gesture no matter punishment.
At halftime, his sister passed him a note that just read, Be patient and let God work. Keller took his sisters guidance, scoring without his trademark gesture. But when he looked up, he saw a touching gesture of solidarity. In the stands, the majority of the 7,000 supporters in attendance were kneeling and pointing to the sky.
Keller was recruited to play football after his eye-opening at Morehead State University in Kentucky . His opposition to hardship was analyzed again when he was required to undergo ankle surgery at the start of his sophomore year. He found the physician had by chance worked on both of his ankles, keeping him off of the football field for more than expected, when he woke from the operation.
While preparing for his junior year, his wrist broke and needed to get operation yet. The operation caused him to grow an MRSA infectiona disorder resulting from bacterium that’s immensely resistant to antibiotics. His physicians told Keller that he’d probably never play football at Morehead
Just per month along with a half into his treatment, Keller got a call from his physician.
He said, Hey, are you really sitting down? Im thinking oh no, what else will come up, Keller remembered. He said, I only needed to let you know that you have been blessed by God. Your blood work is ideal. Its totally back to standard.
On October 10, 2015, Luke Keller got to hear the roar of the crowd when he stepped out onto the field and got the storybook finish which he had dreamed of: he suited up for Morehead University. Fortified by his religion, Kellers foundation became unshakeable. Never again would he feel as alone as he did on that dim day years before.