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Walk-on Calloway: ‘Healing from my hamstring injury really set me back’

By Kennedi Sam-Davis
On October 20, 2021

Wesley Calloway, a walk-on football player, has come back from injury and is having a comeback season.

The day Calloway, a junior, he had tryouts he pulled his hamstring but made the team because of how well he performed prior to injuring himself at the tryout. 

Calloway is from Shreveport, La. He is from a very unpromising neighborhood and had a rough childhood.  Growing up Calloway has always had a love for football and has been playing since he could walk.

When the first Covid outbreak occurred in spring 2020, Wesley planned to try out for the football team and didn’t let the pandemic stop him.

Wesley's goals for the fall were to make the team, become a starting player and be able to make it to the SWAC championships.

Calloway said he pushes himself to work hard and play football. 

“Proving people wrong has been my biggest motivator but besides that I know that I can give my kids a better life then I had by doing something I love. I want to motivate and inspire my kids and the people that look up to me,” he said. 

When Wesley was injured he was second-guessing his future as a football player.  Injuring his hamstring during tryouts made him feel like all his hard work went to waste. 

Luckily the coaching staff gave him a chance and put him on the team but he wasn't able to play until the second game.

With the football season halfway over, Calloway has fulfilled many goals already. He is one of the starting wide receivers, his hamstring healed and is working perfectly and now he is on the road to winning the SWAC Championship.

“Healing from my hamstring injury really set me back,” Calloway says. 

Calloway thinks the football team has what it takes to win the SWAC Championship. 

“I definitely believe we have what it takes,we have the talent and coaching staff to make it happen, but everyone has to want it and keep working hard as a team and then we can tackle any team that comes our way,” he said. 

Wesley Calloway




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