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Reardon scores after cancer diagnosis

Updated: October 9, 2009, 4:39 PM ET
By David Auguste | ESPNRISE.com

In the days leading up to the game against Avon (Conn.), Wolcott Tech (Torrington, Conn.) senior Nick Reardon was in the ear of coach Jamie Coty begging for an opportunity to play. So when Coty finally called his number in the fourth quarter, Reardon grabbed his helmet and rushed out to take the field.

Before Reardon lined up, Coty yelled nine important words to him: "Don't fumble, and run as fast as you can."

Easy enough, right?

Well, Reardon was baffled. ...

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