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Injured Rocky Mount Football Player Returns Home

By Marilyn Peguero

A Rocky Mount football player who was seriously injured on the field is finally home.

Colt Brake, 16, a junior at Rocky Mount Academy, suffered spinal injures at a football game on October 8.

Wednesday afternoon, Colt returned home for the first time since the accident.

More than 100 friends and classmates lined the streets leading to his home on Tarboro Road in Rocky Mount. Friends raised more than $100,000 to rebuild parts of the home, adding a ramp and carport to make it easier for Colt to get around.

“When the accident happened, it was just a lot of sorrow. A lot of fear,” said Lisa Gennosa, whose son is also a high school football player.

She helped coordinate the work on Colt’s house. “No one knew exactly what to do. And everybody wanted to do something,” she said.

Colt’s accident touched people on and off the field.

“This affected everyone. I think it quickly allowed them to realize that life is not football and life is not one school or another. Life is about caring for and concern for each other,” said Bert Bright, the football coach at Parrott Academy, which was playing Rocky Mount Academy the day of the accident.

Wednesday, Colt and his family thanked friends for their work and support.

Family friends say he will have a long recovery, including trips to Atlanta for treatment.

To follow his progress or see how you can help, go to

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