Kyle Padron has always been a team player.
He waited his turn to take over the reigns at perennial power Southlake Carroll as the leader and signal caller for the Dragons.
He watched and learned from Riley Dodge, one of the most prolific passers in the state, he never complained, he patiently waited for his shot to be the man.
That shot came this season with the talented signal caller not disappointing. He threw for over 1,500 yards on 128 completions against 189 attempts. He had 18 touchdowns via the air against only three interceptions. He has rushed for another 300 yards and 6 touchdowns going into Carroll's game two weeks ago.
Padron broke the top bone in his throwing hand above the middle index finger, he is out at least until sometime around Thanksgiving, possibly making a return if his team is still in the state playoffs.
Instead of thinking of himself, Padron again showed why he is the type of team player he has always been in his career. He became the team's biggest cheerleader on the sidelines last week, rallying his teammates to overcome adversity.
"I will be honest," Padron said in a recent interview with PonyStampede.com. "It was tough not being out there with, helping my teammates on the field. They did an outstanding job against a good team. They came together as a team and grew closer together through all of this."
Doctors inserted three screws into his right hand, a procedure that took a little over an hour. According to Padron, the doctors are telling him that his hand will be stronger than before once he has recovered.
"They are telling me that it won't affect my career, especially at the next level," Padron said. "I just have to be patient and not rush the healing process. They said it was a normal type injury and won't cause me in long term problems."
Padron, who committed to SMU over the summer, is happy about the decision he made. According to the talented signal caller, the Mustang coaching staff have been very supportive of him since the injury.
"Coach Morrison told me that it was just part of the game," Padron said. "He told me not to worry; it wouldn't affect my career at SMU whatsoever. He told me to keep my head up and be positive throughout the situation. It really means a lot to me how supportive they have been. This shows me I made the right decision."
Now Padron plans to focus on letting his hand heal and do what ever it takes to rehab it properly.
"I'm really proud of how my teammates responded last week," Padron said. "They came played so well together. We have a great group of guys."