Breaux Bridge, LA (KADN) -- Breaux Bridge' Quarterback Tanner reed's favorite football player is Buccaneers quarterback. Tom Brady. Tanner completes all the football drills in Brady's book, "The TB 12 Method." However, what Tanner really stretched this off-season is his faith. He was diagnosed with leukemia in January. He's 17. because of treatment, he's limited to only working out his lower body.
"I started crying because I thought it meant I couldn't play football ever again," Tanner said. "Football is my life it is what I have been doing forever. I wouldn't wish this on anybody else. They told me it's a process in 6 to 7 months you can beat this. I"m ready. Let's go do it."
Tanner went to Memphis at St. Jude Hospital for treatment. He just came back last Friday. Covid precautions had him couped up at the hospital and he really missed his friends.
"All your friends are still out going to school and going to parties and stuff," Tanner said. "You're like why am I doing this? I felt perfectly fine the other day."
Tanner started his 3rd phase of chemotherapy this week. He's only lived in Breaux Bridge a couple of years but the city put his name up here on the birthday wall so he knows everyone here is fighting with him including his dad.
"He made the comment that my dad is my hero," his father Lance Reed said. "I asked him one time are you scared and he said no I"m not. I told the tables have turned. You've become my hero.
Tanner's goal is to be cleared to play football this fall.
"You have a family and you have a team around you," Tanner said. "So don't give up. You can't give up."