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May 27, 2014

One year after near-fatal crash, Aguirre thriving

ENID, Okla. — Car Aguirre is doing fine.

The former Hennessey defensive end and tight end was just getting out of a wheelchair a year ago, still recovering from a near-fatal April 10 car wreck.

He’s trimmed off much of the wheelchair weight, now not too far from the physique he had as an All-Northwest end for the District 2A-1 stalwart Eagles, and despite occasional morning pain, Aguirre has made a full recovery from fractures to his hip, ribs, wrist and C7 vertebrae and a slew of internal injuries.

The 2013 Hennessey graduate, whose only apparent remnant from the crash is a small bundle of scars — around 13 months ago held in place by 12 staples — above his left eye, is now a freshman at Northern Oklahoma College Enid with a plan to attend Oklahoma State University after finishing at NOC. What seems to have stuck most with Aguirre since that springtime crash is his outlook on life, one he says is still maturing, but comes with newfound perspective.

“It could just happen at any time,” he said. “I tell my close friends, ‘You never know.’ I could drive home from here and not make it. (So) don’t take a day for granted, don’t take a friend for granted, don’t take anything for granted. Live life to the fullest, the fullest extent you can.”

For now, that life has taken a turn that, while far from the college football career he’d anticipated, is one that he’s excited about. Even if it’s a little bit unexpected.

“Bugs.”

So, tackles to termites? Sort of.

Aguirre was taken under the wing of a family friend in Richard Johndrow, working for Johndrow’s pest control and possibly preparing for a collegiate major in entomology.

“It’s crazy,” Aguirre said. “I wanted to be a football player, and now it’s pest control, getting my degree and seeing what life throws at me, see if I can handle it.”

As for the football, Aguirre said, albeit a bit tongue-in-cheek, that he could even be in football shape with a little work.

“I’ve still got four years of eligibility left,” he said. “You never know.”

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