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Nathan Stiles wanted to keep playing

Managing the grief and guilt over what happened to a Kansas high school football player

Updated: November 28, 2010, 3:49 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

SPRING HILL, Kan. -- The first time Ron Stiles thought something might be wrong with his son Nathan, the boy was sprinting toward the end zone on a 65-yard touchdown run.

Dad couldn't have been more proud. In his son's final game of his senior year, the 17-year-old captain and homecoming king, a selfless soul who seemingly everyone looked up to, had broken loose for the longest touchdown run of his life. But some 20 yards before Nathan reached the end zone, Ron Stiles saw something ...

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