Haji wants to be a pro running back someday -- for the Seattle Seahawks, to be exact.
The Lynchburg, VA, fourth-grader has been “playing soccer since he was three, and then he moved on up to football when he was four,” said Haji’s mom, Chrissette Brooks. “Football was pretty much his go-to sport, up until his injury.”
That was in August 2015. It was the first play of the game. “I was running the ball, I got pushed out of bounds, and my knee twisted,” he said. “It was really painful.”
Haji had a torn ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament. The ACL is one of the major ligaments in the knee that hold the bones together. ACL tears are among the most common knee injuries. People who play sports that involve quick turns, pivots, or stops are most at risk. If the tear is complete, it may require surgery, especially if you plan to return to competitive sports.