This coming Tuesday at 7 p.m., E:60 will be airing a segment on St. John's Prep triplets Jared, Brandon and Tyler Coppola, and their documented adversity with spinal injury.
For the unfamiliar, the Coppolas' story is inspirational to say the least. Three years ago, Brandon fractured his fifth cervical vertebrae in practice, and avoided surgery but was told he could never play sports again. A year later, Jared was paralyzed during a preseason scrimmage. Tyler captained the baseball and state championship finalist football teams, and will continue his career this fall at Marist College; he was also a member of ESPNBoston's inaugural MIAA All-State Team.
Former ESPNBoston intern Neil Carroll checked in with the Coppolas last fall during the preseason.
Last Thanksgiving, Jared walked to midfield with the aid of a walker to do the ceremonial coin toss before the Eagles' matchup with archrival Xaverian. Correspondent Corey J. Allen was there to document the moment.
Below is a preview and brief synopsis from ESPN:
Jared, Brandon and Tyler Coppola, triplets from North Reading, Mass., have given everything to football. After an on-field injury to his spine, doctors told Brandon he could never play again. One year later, Jared suffered a similar injury and was paralyzed from the neck down. He is now fighting to walk again. Tyler continues to play and carries the hopes and dreams of his brothers. This past season, he captained his high school team and led it to the championship game. Michael Smith tells the story of family, faith and devotion.