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WAXAHACHIE - Ellis County was represented at the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4, with Waxahachie's own Montae Reagor being allowed to travel with the team and suit up.

As his teammates prepared for the big game, the big man with the bigger heart, talked of other things - bigger things like hope and faith and lessons learned while being off the starting lineup and on the injured list.

Reagor, a starting defensive tackle and one of the most popular and respected players in the Colts' locker room, spoke at the press conference and said he hasn't played since sustaining head injuries in an Oct. 22, 2006 automobile accident, an hour before the Colts' victory over Washington at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.

Since that time, Reagor has seldom spoken publicly, but this was different.

He spoke about the pride he felt in his defensive teammates, how they have ascended to great heights weeks after being in near historic depths.

'I have life and I have a chance,' Reagor said at the press conference.

Far beyond football, Reagor said the past three months have taught him about life.

How much he is loved.

How many people care about him.

How valuable life was and is everyday.

'I'm doing fine,' he said, 'I'm recovering well and looking forward to letting them see my number on the field.

'I want to let my fans know that I am ahead of schedule.'
'I want the fans to also know I'm grateful for all of their prayers. Just as much as they miss me, I miss them.

'They give me excitement and joy in my heart to let me know that they care about me not only as a player, but as a person.'

Reagor's mother LeVita Bell said of her son, 'He looks great now. He lost some weight, but has been able to put it back on by working out.'

'He won't be able to play defensive tackle, but maybe he will be able to do some special teams or something toward the end of the game,' LeVita went on to say.

Reagor is a graduate of Waxahachie High School, a Texas Tech alumnus and was drafted in the second round by the Denver Broncos in 1999.

He had spent the last five years with the Colts and had emerged as a leader on the defensive line.

Reagor finished the press conference by saying, 'I've just learned to thank God for what I am, and who I am, for what I have, and to be grateful every day.'

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