MERCEDES, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Whether it's football or baseball, Isaiah Garza was a star athlete at Mercedes High School who could bring a crowd to its feet from his amazing talent.
Now, Garza is drawing a new kind of emotion from his community.
Garza is paralyzed from the chest down following a serious car wreck back in August and is now back home in the Valley after spending several weeks of rehab in Houston.
"It feels good to be back home because I'm back with all my family and friends, and I know that they're always here to support me, so it really helps out," Garza said. "It really helps a lot to be home."
Garza's C5 and C6 vertebrae were damaged in the accident. Doctors told him he had only a ten percent chance of being able to move any of his limbs. But the day that he could move his arms made Garza hopeful that he can continue defying the odds.
"First they told me I wasn't gonna be able to move," Garza explained. "Then when I found out [I could move my arms] I started getting happy. Right now, I'm just trying to get my arms stronger and soon it will go to my legs and stuff.
My ultimate goal is to walk again."
In a region run by Cowboys fans, Garza draws inspiration from Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who also battled an injury to get back to the game he loves. Garza considers what RG3 might tell him if he had the chance to meet his idol.
"Probably not to give up, like the way he never gave up when he was doing rehab for his knee, just mine's a little bit harder," Garza smirked.
During his absence, Garza's teammates have a ritual of touching what they call "Isaiah's Rock" to show support for their quarterback and friend.
"Gonna tell everybody thank you for praying and keep your prayers going," said Garza. "And I'm gonna get well soon."