Adversity to redemption: Marcel Atisso's journey back to football

Marcel Atisso is back and healthy for a Harrison football team that is looking for a third straight sectional title. Atisso tore his ACL in a sectional title win over McCutcheon last fall.

Posted: Jul 2, 2020 6:33 PM
Updated: Jul 2, 2020 6:35 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) —  On November 8th 2019, Marcel Atisso and Harrison were well on their way to a second straight sectional title on the football field.  

The Raiders are leading rival McCutcheon 38-7 in the second quarter. 

"I just felt like a twist, like my whole knee, it just twisted, and as soon as I went down I knew something wasn't right," said Atisso. 

"He stopped and was cutting back, and as soon as it happened unfortunately, I think we all knew exactly what happened," said Harrison head coach Terry Peebles. 

Atisso suffered a torn ACL, (Anterior Cruciate Ligament).

"Devastating," said Peebles. 

The injury was part of a non-contact play that happened near the 25 yard line at AJ Rickard Field, where seven months later, Atisso can step across the same line on a healthy knee. Atisso has gotten back to the basics.

"Like running that's been the hardest thing," said Atisso. 

The standout running back has taught himself techniques as basic as how to run again, while rehabbing with physical therapy and individual workouts. And he's had some help along the way. Atisso has found solice in trusting in himself with the support of his family. Especially from his mother Erica. 

"She's always there just to be on my back just to say you can do this, you can do this, don't get down," said Atisso. 

The character that Atisso has built at home, in the classroom and on the field has rubbed off on those that are around him every day, and his head coach has noticed over the last four years. Peebles described Atisso with a single word. 

"Great."

"You know great kid, great person, great player, great teammate, great student. You know he really encompasses all those things. He's a special kid." 

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