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Sims Opens Up About Abuse, Survival

Herschel Sims

It is the fourth quarter of the Texas Class 5A Division II state championship game and the Abilene High Eagles are leading 21-10 over Katy and looking to put the game away. Herschel Sims takes a handoff, uses a stutter step to get past the line of scrimmage and sets sail for the end zone. His 60-yard touchdown run puts the game away and brings happiness to the entire West Texas community.

Sims can hear his heart pumping, hear his deep exaggerated breaths as his legs glide while the black and gold clad fans roar. This is glorious but Sims's background is anything but glorious. This is a young man that has been scarred physically and mentally by an epidemic that rages on in America, child abuse. Sims verbally committed to Oklahoma State in late April, and is expected to sign with...

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