Lafayette senior Brett Durbin is not easily discouraged, and he's got the sports scars to prove it.
Playing baseball and football the last few years, he has suffered a broken arm, broken ankle, back problems and, most serious, a busted shoulder that required surgery and months of rehabiliation.
Durbin never let the injuries get him down. He said a "go-at-it-all-the-way" mindset helped him "push back" and play again.
His perseverance has paid off. After throwing for more than 1,000 yards for Lafayette last fall, he will be a quarterback on the football team at Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati next season.
Durbin's attitude toward sports obviously carried over to academics. Durbin has a weighted 4.3 GPA and will major in bio-chemistry, with hopes of pursuing a career in sports medicine.
On Thursday, he received the Tommy Bell Award as the outstanding student-athlete in Fayette County. The Rotary Club has sponsored the award since 1986, the year Bell, a community leader and highly respected pro football and college basketball official, died.
Durbin said school "comes pretty easy" for him, but that's because he's good at balancing books and balls.
"I always come home from school and do my homework first, and try to get it done the day before it's due," he said.
The best lesson he learned, though, came from his many injuries.
"That taught me to not take anything for granted," he said, "because you never know when (sports) will be over."
Brett's honor comes 30 years after his dad, Gary, received a similarly named award for his accomplishments as a star football receiver at Lafayette.