Florida State Seminoles quarterback McKenzie Milton named 2021 Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year
started four games for the Seminoles in 2021
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA (Seminoles.com) – Redshirt senior quarterback McKenzie Milton has been named one of three recipients of the 2021 Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year award, presented by CoSIDA.
Milton has previously been named the winner of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Brian Piccolo Award, awarded annually to the “bravest” footballer in the league.
Milton, Aidan Hutchinson of Michigan and JJ Weaver of Kentucky shared the honor of the Mayo Clinic. A donation of $ 5,000 will be made to the general scholarship fund of the school of the three winners.
Milton, from Kapolei, Hawai’i, transferred to the state of Florida after a five-year career at UCF. After leading the Knights to 23 straight wins, including the 2017 Peach Bowl, Milton suffered a catastrophic knee injury in the 2018 regular season finale.
A two-time Heisman Trophy candidate, Milton suffered arterial and nerve damage to his leg, a dislocated knee and multiple tears of ligaments and tendons. Her right leg was nearly amputated after the helmet hit to the knee caused a lack of blood flow to her leg.
Doctors removed a vein from her left leg to help create a new artery for her right leg to restore blood flow and successfully save her leg.
The main goal of the surgeons who operated on him was for him to hopefully someday walk without limp and pain. After eight surgeries, he persisted for more than 1,000 days of rehabilitation and, in December 2020, was transferred to the state of Florida.
Milton started four games for the Seminoles in 2021, completing 58.3% of his passes with three touchdowns.
His appearance in relief on the opening weekend against Notre Dame No.9 helped complete an 18-point comeback in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
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