By Betsy Dolan
PARADE Magazine, in conjunction with Inspireum, an enterprise that celebrates youth achievement, has named Addison Marshall the year’s most inspiring player. Marshall was named the Inspireum Football Award winner after battling two bouts of cancer to play this season.
Marshall and his family had moved to Fulshear after their home in Louisiana was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. In 2009, he was on the varsity football squad as a defensive end when a trip to the doctor for some cracked ribs turned into much more. Marshall was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and was forced to put football on hold in order to undergo treatment.
He had hoped to be able to play in the 2010 season until tests showed that the cancer had spread to his brain and spine. Marshall didn’t give up, stayed in shape and suited up for every game that season despite a rigorous cancer treatment regimen.
For the last game of the 2011 season, Marshall was cleared to play the second half at defensive end. When he ran onto the field, the stadium erupted.