Peoria Centennial athlete Daxon Lindholm was proud to announce Friday night he has accepted an appointment to attend Army, where he will play football.
It’s not just about the possibilities he foresees in his life by attending West Point, but how he was able to overcome a propane tank accident in March to fully recover and not let it affect his recruiting.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound running back/receiver had a traumatic experience in the spring when he was changing a tank on the grill in the backyard of his home to barbecue. A flash fire sparked, causing burns to parts of his body.
He was hospitalized for three days after undergoing surgery for the burns, but he did not need any skin grafts.
Geri Lindholm says her son’s determination and resilience carried him through the ordeal.
“My accident was freak and I made a full 100% recovery with no permanent scars or disabilities,” Daxon said. “I’ve been back training since May and now I’m just waiting to show the rest of the state what the west side of Arizona can do here at Centennial.
“All of us our prepared and nothing can stop us. I couldn’t have gotten to this point without all of my coaches.”
Lindholm is one of Centennial’s best athletes. He can impact the game at running back, receiver and on defense. Last season, when the Coyotes reached the eight-team Open Division playoffs, he averaged 8.6 yards on 53 carries, scoring five touchdowns rushing. He caught 12 passes for 162 yards.
Lindholm also is one of the school’s top track and field performers.
“I want to attend West Point due to the rich history and the opportunities in the future it will provide me with,” Lindholm said. “President Eisenhower played football there, before leading the allied forces to victory in the Second World War, and later became President.
“Only a certain type of person gets to go to that school, and I feel blessed with the opportunity, especially since the west side of Arizona is overlooked. West Point football provides prime-time football on national television every weekend, and big time competition every year.”
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