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  • McBee remains positive after ACL tear

  • Steven McBee, The Examiner’s 2012 All-Area quarterback who led Fort Osage to the Class 5 state championship game, is back home after undergoing ACL surgery on his right knee Thursday at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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  • Steven McBee, The Examiner’s 2012 All-Area quarterback who led Fort Osage to the Class 5 state championship game, is back home after undergoing ACL surgery on his right knee Thursday at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
    McBee suffered the injury following an 18-yard run in Missouri’s 36-8 victory over Kansas in the 21st annual Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Country Mart Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star Game two weeks ago at Lee’s Summit North High School.
    Throughout much of the first period, the defense on both teams dominated the game, until Kansas quarterback Aaron Ramsey fumbled a shotgun snap and Missouri recovered on its own 30-yard line.
    Six plays later, McBee scored from the 2 to give Missouri a 7-0 lead it never relinquished.
    “Looking back on it, I hurt my knee on that first run, but I wanted to stay in the game because I wasn’t going to come out after one play – come on, how would that look?” McBee joked from his home Friday afternoon.
    “I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know I had a torn ACL. I’ve been hit so many times, but I’ve never felt anything like that. I ran again for about 8 yards and then I scored on that 2-yard run and then I cheered my teammates from the sidelines.”
    McBee, who had many Division I and NAIA scholarship offers to play football, had decided to walk on at the University of Missouri as a wide receiver.
    “That’s on hold,” he said. “I’m not a priority to Missouri, so I’m going to see how this goes. My doctor works for the Royals and Chiefs and he told me that I’d be pretty much fully healed in about four months and that I could compete in around eight months.
    “That’s a lot sooner than I expected.”
    He currently has a brace to protect his knee and will then be fitted for a protective device he will wear when he plays sports.
    “Steven has played football since Pop Warner,” said Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz, who also was the Missouri head coach in the all-star game. “To have something like this happen to a great kid like Steven takes all the luster, all the excitement away from that game.
    “None of us thought the injury was that bad, because he could walk around on the sidelines afterwards. I was so proud that he was asked to play in the game, and then he tears his ACL. Some things in life just aren’t fair, but in true Steve McBee fashion, he’s handling it better than the rest of us.”
    Follow Bill Althaus on Twitter: @AlthausEJC
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