By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– “I’m just grateful someone took a chance on me and (I) won’t disappoint.”
The only thing that stopped Emorej Lynk his Junior season at Kennedy High School on November 24, 2018 was a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) as the Trojans hung on for the 2A State Championship that year.
Lynk rushed for 140 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns that day and a passing touchdown to boot. Not to mention four tackles and a sack that day defensively.
Over the next few months, he healed and rehabbed the joint post-operation. Come basketball season, now at South Salem wearing a knee brace to support the knee, Lynk contributed to a Saxon squad that reached the Chiles Center with a 23-3 overall record.
Lynk touched base that the healing process made him realize how easily sports could have been taken away from him as he prepares to join the Western Oregon University football team in the Fall. The drive, the passion for the game as he looks to prove to those who overlooked him that the knee is good and is ready to go.
“The healing process really made me realize things can be taken away at any moment,” Lynk said. “I’ve appreciated the game so much more now it’s precious and isn’t going last forever so trying to enjoy it while I can and Western is giving me a chance to battle on the field for another four years.”
“I really want to prove something to these D1 schools who were reaching out to me but never took a chance because of my knee, I’m healthy I’m ready to ball out and everyone’s going to notice.”
Lynk, who will be majoring in Business, will look to continue to get bigger, stronger and faster in the meantime to help the Wolves win ballgames when he suits up for the NCAA Division-II squad in the future. Being the best that he can for a Western Oregon squad that went 7-4 in 2019.