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February 1, 2014

Pro football: Lewisburg man knows highs and lows of football

By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

LEWISBURG -- Football is the ultimate team sport.

It's 11 guys on either side of the ball with one common goal -- victory.

The game itself mirrors life to a T: highs, lows, heartbreak, triumphs and tragedies.

It rewards a select few by having their bust placed in the Hall of Fame at Canton, Ohio, while leaving others like Scott Norwood to wonder what might have been.

For Travis Grobes, who was born and raised in Williamsport, football was life to him since his Pee-Wee days.

Grobes, along with five other men from Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, were inducted into the Minor League Hall of Fame in Palm Springs, Calif. on Jan. 9.

It is the second such honor for Grobes, who was elected in 2012 into the American Football Association Hall of Fame.

Grobes, who played his high school football for Pittson Area, nearly saw his football life end on a rainy day in 1996, a day after signing his National Letter of Intent to play on scholarship at Penn State.

"We were playing Hazleton and I was returning a punt and I went to cut and my leg got stuck like a suction cup and I kept going and my leg didn't," he said.

What occurred was a tear of his posterior cruciate ligament, an injury that makes up less than 20 percent of injuries to the knee ligaments.

"I went to Penn State-Hershey Medical Center to get it repaired and I asked the doctor how long I would be out and if he had ever heard of someone coming back from a PCL tear," Grobes said. "They didn't even know how to do the surgery at the time. So they did an experimental surgery on me and I was not supposed to set foot on a football field ever again."

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