Mineral, VA (WWBT)- 2010 was the most difficult year of Josh Campi's life. After suffering a bloody nose following a practice during Louisa's preseason camp, the senior lineman was taken to the hospital, and was later diagnosed with Leukemia. Campi would miss his entire senior football season and enter the fight of, and for, his life.
His teammates rallied around him, dedicating the entire 2010 season to Campi, collecting funds to benefit the senior and wearing his number, 63, on their jerseys and helmets. The Lions went forward motivated by their suffering teammate, and would finish the year with an 11-1 record, including a perfect 10-0 regular season.
One year later, Campi has beaten the deadly disease, and is back on the football field with the Lions, this time as an assistant coach. He has joined Jon Meeks' staff as an assistant line coach. Though Campi says he does not know why anybody would consider him an inspiration, his coaches and players do, saying what he went through puts things into perspective.
Campi and Louisa had their scheduled season opener at Eastern View Friday postponed due to Tuesday's earthquake. The Lions' next scheduled game is next Friday, September 2, at home against Orange.