Prior to Saturday's win over Rhode Island, Towson honored its seniors, including Gavin Class, an offensive lineman who'd fought back from heatstroke and a liver transplant in 2013 to return to the team. But Towson went to court this fall to turn Class away, saying it was too dangerous for the Monkton native to take the field.
The college won the legal battle. But earlier this month, a chance meeting between player and coach paved the way for Class to take part in Saturday's festivities.
Tigers coach Rob Ambrose said he saw Class walking to class one morning after the coach dropped off his daughter at Towson High.
"I hadn't been able to talk to Gavin because of all the legal rigmarole," Ambrose said. "But I wanted him to know that anyone who has represented his team as well as he has deserves to be honored [on senior day]."
Class agreed to take part.
"I never quit the program, and these are my teammates," he said.
On Saturday, he donned jersey No. 66, and strode onto the field to the cheers of family and friends, more than 50 strong in the stands.
"I'm grateful Gavin had a chance to wear his uniform again," said Ambrose, who gave Class a heartfelt embrace. "I told him that I love him and I'm proud of him."
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