Blackman football player coaching like dad after heart condition ends on-field career |

MURFREESBORO, TN – Blackman coach David Watson had seemingly been through it all in his more than 30 years as a high school football coach.

But nothing prepared him for the realization that his junior long snapper would never play football again, or why.

That junior long snapper is Watson’s son, Avery. His football career was cut short after  finding out in July that he suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) — a portion of the heart muscle is enlarged without any obvious cause, creating functional impairment.

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