Lincoln Athlete Overcomes Adversity On Road To Success

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
Lincoln junior Devon Parrott is a quiet young man. One could say that this was his breakout year in sports. As a kicker on Lincoln’s runner-up state championship football team, he posted some impressive numbers. He made 31 straight extra points and was fourth in the state in all classes in extra points and in points scored among kickers. Over three seasons, he is 75 for 82 in extra points attempts. He was named All -District kicker over some pretty tough competition.
Also, midway through the basketball season, he earned a starting role on Lincoln’s 14-8 varsity basketball team. His talents were shooting the three and handling the ball.
He also is on the golf team.
Consider that, as a fourth grader, he was diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome, which is a condition that effects the electrical system of the heart. His doctor told him that he could never play sports again.
Well, naturally his whole family was greatly sadden by the news. Devon loved sports and was a very active young boy.
One night the idea came to his mother, Angela Parrott, that maybe he could be a kicker on the football team. His doctor approved and his parents found kicking tutor David Brader on the internet and off to St. Louis they went. Brader saw Parrott’s potential and they have been working together ever since.
Now Parrott works out five to six times a week and they send videos to Brader so he can keep up with Devon’s progress.
Around the fifth grade, Devon's family found out that he was Type Three which was a good thing in that it meant he could continue to play basketball.
At the same time, he fell in love with golf, but football was his passion.
He began by kicking off in middle school and was gradually worked up to the roles of kicking extra points and field goals. Naturally, everyone was cautious about his being tackled or having to make a tackle. Asked about the risk of making a tackle, Parrott commented, “It is always in the back of my mind but I do what I have to do.”
On the basketball court, you wouldn’t know anything was wrong with him as he dives for loose balls and battles for rebounds.
He lifts weights but is careful about doing too much.
During regular football practice, Parrott is all alone kicking the football while the other players take their bumps. His goal is to be able to kick the ball into the end zone on a regular basis. He also wants to play college football. Parrott has kicked a 52 yard field goal in practice. Lincoln was so good the last two years that they didn’t need many field goals. This year might be a little different.
Asked what he would tell other kids with similar problems, Parrott replied, “Try to stay positive and work hard.”
Well, he is certainly is an example of that. We wish him the very best.