Our Athlete of the Month is Napoleon Quintana, a Middle Linebacker, Running Back and team Captain at Barry Goldwater High School. Our Arrowhead location’s athletic trainer, Caitlin Scheib, and co-owner, Brian Schwallier, nominated Napoleon because he overcame a huge injury he endured over the beginning of his season, and was able to get back on the field and dominate after recovery.
During one of his practices, Napoleon landed on his teammate’s heel while trying to make a tackle. At first, he thought the wind got knocked out of him, but Caitlin made him go to the hospital after she noticed how bad he was struggling to continue on with practice. Napoleon suffered from a lacerated kidney. After two days in ICU, doctor’s told him it may have to be removed. Thankfully, after two weeks of bed rest, four weeks of physical therapy and eight weeks of not playing football, his kidney had healed and he was back on the field.
“The staff at the Center and my team were the biggest help during my recovery,” Napoleon said. “They both set the process for me to make a comeback after my injury so I could play half of my senior year. They have been great support and I am very thankful for them that they always believed in me.”
His first game back, he ran for an 80-yard touchdown on his first carry, had nine tackles, three tackles for loss and ran a total of 92 yards rushing for the game, which helped bring his team to a victory over El Mirage Dysart.
Napoleon’s dream is to play in college and his favorite players are Von Miller and Tyrann Mathieu, and favorite team is the Denver Broncos.