Local boy gets surprise of a lifetime from Coach Hud before season begins
Timothy Cotton fighting cancer, wanting to follow in his late father's footsteps
LAFAYETE (KADN) — Twelve year old Timothy Cotton has always had a love for the gridiron and the game. His passion comes from his late father, Kenyon Cotton, who played for the Ragin' Cajuns from 1992 through 1996.
"I wanted to play football and be like my father. I really look up to him and he was really good on the team," says Timothy Cotton.
Last year Timothy played for his middle school team, and he was hoping to make the cut this year. On June 30th, his family received some grim news. Timothy was diagnosed with a rare form of stage three Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
"He has to go through heavy chemo, and it really was a blow to our family," says Kenni Thomas, Timothy's mother.
Timothy is holding on hope and holding onto the rope through his battle with cancer. He and his family were invited to watch the Cajuns practice. Timothy had no idea Coach would call himi onto the field and explain his dad's Ragin' Cajun legacy.
"He's the fifth leading rusher or all purpose yards in school history, and he had such a great career. I know so many people thought so much of him," says Coach Mark Hudspeth, UL football head coach.