SULPHUR, Okla. — A Sulphur High School basketball coach is being called a hero for saving the life of a student.
Ironically, that student is a hero to his fellow students, overcoming a life-long illness.
It looked like a routine shoot-around at the Sulphur High School gym Wednesday afternoon involving senior Blain Robinson and varsity basketball coach Chase Todd.
But Robinson isn’t trying to make the team, he’s enjoying time with the man who has become so much more than a coach.
“I think God spoke to Coach after I hit the floor,” Robinson said. “And then God told Coach to give me another chance.”
After last Friday’s homecoming parade, Robinson was shooting baskets at the gym when he collapsed.
“All I remember is the room was getting so bright,” Robinson said. “Then the next thing I know, I had a blackout.”
Todd saw him hit the floor and rushed to his side.
Robinson’s face had turned blue.
“I was very scared,” Todd recalled. “I thought the worst.”
But the coach eventually revived Robinson with CPR before paramedics arrived soon after.
Later, at an Oklahoma City hospital, Robinson found out he had suffered a heart attack.
The coach most likely saved his life.
“I was glad Coach was there to save me,” Robinson said.
“I’m a Christian,” Todd said. “You know, I obviously think that God had a big part in it, but I’m just glad that he’s still here.”
At the hospital, Robinson had one request for Todd.
He wanted to be the team manager.
“So of course, I said yes,” Todd said with a smile.
After all, Robinson was already the school’s biggest cheerleader.
Despite being born with muscular dystrophy, Robinson is known for dancing for hours at Sulphur games.
“I’m kind of a popular guy in school,” Robinson said.
His classmates gave him high-fives Wednesday as he walked the school grounds.
His humility is another reason why his classmates love him.
“Heard you like had a heart attack,” one student remembered asking Robinson. “(He said) ‘Oh no, I’m good.'”
“Blain doesn’t care really what happened to him,” another student said. “He embraces all the good that happens to him.”
Five days after a heart attack, the most popular kid in school is back in class.
Now, these shoot-arounds with the coach will never be the same.
“I’ll always look at Blain different now,” Todd said.
When asked if he will still dance, Robinson didn’t hesitate, “Yes.”
Doctors have told Robinson he will have to have more surgery on his heart.
But now, Robinson said a girl he likes at school has started giving him hugs in the hallway.
When asked what his first job as team manager will be, he said “probably laundry.”