IN A GAME FILLED WITH UPS AND DOWNS ---
FIRST DOWNS FOLLOWED BY TOUCHDOWNS ---
IT'S EASY TO GET LOST IN THE MAGIC --- ENGROSSED IN
THIS ENVIRONMENT ---
BUT WHAT IF THIS GAME MEANT SOMETHING MORE? WHAT
IF IT GAVE YOU A REASON TO LIVE?
I don't know what I'd do without it.
I believe it's what gets him up and gets him going
every single day.
EVERY SINGLE DAY --- THIS IS WHAT DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
MICHAEL PRIEN SEES.
Usually see the guy in front of me and sometimes the
THE SAXONS JUNIOR WAS BORN WITH OCULAR ALBINISM ---
A GENETIC CONDITION THAT REDUCES THE PIGMENT OF HIS
IRIS -- MAKING HIM LEGALLY BLIND.
WHILE HE'S FORCED TO MISS OUT ON MANY OF LIFE'S MOMENTS
--- HIS PARENTS --- REFUSE TO LET A DISABILITY DROWN
We never limited him on anything.
We've always told him whatever you want to do, we'll
be there to support you.
SO WHEN HE WANTED TO JOIN THE FOOTBALL TEAM AS A FRESHMAN,
HIS MOM DIDN'T HESITATE.
If you want to do it, we'll be there every step of
the way and help support you.
The coaches were great.
We told them, and they were like okay.
We'll put him on.
WHILE HIS MOM DIDN'T WORRY, MICHAEL DID --- WONDERING
HOW THIS GROUP OF GUYS WOULD ACCEPT HIM.
HE WAS DIFFERENT THAN HIS TEAMMATES --- BUT THEIR
RESPONSE WAS RESOUNDING.
He's a really hard worker.
He's there every day.
He doesn't let his disability get the best of him.
He's just like the rest of us.
Really surprised since I didn't know any of them.
They all came from different schools.
After just a summer of weights, they all just seemed
to bond with very well.
THAT BOND ONLY GOT STRONGER --- EVEN EARNING MICHAEL
A NICKNAME --- THE PRIEN MACHINE.
A MACHINE THAT FUNCTIONS WITHOUT ALL OF ITS PARTS
--- BUT STILL --- PERFORMS AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL.
Michael's just been one of the guys since day one.
I think it's kind of neat.
He's kind of a lunch pail guy.
He shows up every day.
He doesn't miss anything in the summer.
He's at every weight training.
He's at every practice.
EVERY PRACTICE --- EVERY SCRIMMAGE --- EVERY GAME
BECAUSE THIS GAME HAS GIVEN MICHAEL SOMETHING HE'D
NEVER THOUGHT SEE --- HIMSELF --- AS JUST ONE OF THE
REPORTING IN SPOKANE, I'M SARAH WHEELER KXLY4 SPORTS