Harrisburg, Ore. -- Harrisburg's senior running back Gabe Knox has spent the last four years of high school without one of the most important and influential people in his life.
“I miss him every day, but I mean you can’t control certain things like that," Knox said. "Sometimes you wonder like what, I guess why did God have to take him then, but I mean. I guess God just thought he was ready.”
Football reigns supreme in the Knox family. The sport was passed from generation to generation, but just like any other mother, Knox's mom worries about his health on the field.
He said, “She’s always telling me that, if I run the ball you know she’s excited, but then after the play she’s always worried. She’s like ok Gabe, get back up, please get back up.”
When Knox came to Harrisburg as a freshman in 2016, he got the opportunity to play alongside his older brother, Hunter for the very first time.
“It was awesome," Knox said. "I don’t know if it was the same for him with his, you know just his younger brother. But him being my older brother, looking up to him and stuff I thought it was amazing. I loved it.”
Unfortunately, their father and former assistant coach, Eric Knox passed away the summer prior to the school year. The Eagles went on to win a state championship that year.
He said, “Well it definitely was tough. Everybody, the whole team loved him. All the coaching staff, but I guess; I mean it sucks that he wasn’t there but it was more of a reason to go all out that year.”
Now in his senior year, Knox has done it all for Harrisburg, knowing that his parents are watching. His mom, nearby in the stands, and his dad, up above.