Life can take many unexpected turns, especially when you’re a teenager.
It’s an unfortunate and, at the time, unthinkable lesson Casa Grande Union High School running back Jose Seaton learned three years ago when his older brother James Seaton III, a standout athlete for the Cougars, was struck and killed in a late-night car accident on the Maricopa/Casa Grande Highway near Bianco Road.
Jose wears his role model’s number 22 each and every time he takes the field for his final season of prep football with the Cougars.
“I just want to play like him,” Seaton said fighting back tears to Sports360AZ.com. “He was the best athlete I knew personally. He was so good.”
In honor of this day, your day of birth. Let me share so memories with everyone. Love and miss you.❤️ pic.twitter.com/YNZOk1pWl9
— スター・ボーイ (@Jose_Seaton) September 19, 2016
Jose, who worked tirelessly in the weight room this past summer to improve his overall strength, credits his late brother for helping push him to be a better player on the field and, more importantly, a more complete person off of it.
Pre-Summer gains. Wait on it. pic.twitter.com/ocPymYC6E5
— スター・ボーイ (@Jose_Seaton) May 17, 2017
His strength and courage also serves as inspiration to his teammates and coaches who have helped guide Seaton through his family crisis.
“Jose’s been through something that a lot of people don’t go through until late, late, late in life,” CG head coach Jake Barro said to Sports360AZ.com. “He uses it as a teaching lesson for others. He does a tremendous job of being open about it.”