WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - The quarterback for the Wetumpka Indians football team saw his senior year beneath the lights come to a devastating end before his team could even get off its first snap of the season.
JD Martin confirmed in a social media post that his last year playing for the Indians won't happen because of a torn ACL.
"Man Y'all just don't know how much this hurt...I never got so emotional in my life!" the 2017 WSFA 12 News Fever Star Athlete of the Year wrote.
Martin's talents will be sorely missed by his teammates.
During the 2017 season, he passed for 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns while also amassing more than 2,300 yards and 28 touchdowns on the ground as he guided the Indians to a 13-win season and a berth in the school's first-ever 6A AHSAA state championship game.
Martin is trying to keep a positive attitude and is looking for the community to rally behind the team before play gets underway.
"I want the community to be even louder this year cheering for my bro's..." Martin continued. "I'll be back stronger than ever."
Wetumpka's first game of the season is at home. They play Fairhope in a non-conference matchup on Friday, Aug. 24.