College football returned in full force this weekend as Week One welcomed back fans around the country to some great matchups. While many stories stood out over the weekend, the biggest story has to be the return of former UCF QB McKenzie Milton.
Milton took the field with Florida State on Sunday night and did not disappoint.
WELCOME BACK, MCKENZIE MILTON 👏
After almost three years away from football because of a devastating leg injury, he passes for a first down in his first play and goes 4-for-4 in a TD drive. pic.twitter.com/G8A2ipCNd7
— ESPN (@espn) September 6, 2021
Milton returned to the field with his parents nervously watching from the stands, and a crowd anxiously hoping for a Seminoles comeback and gave fans a great feel-good story. Milton’s last game action came in 2018 when the QB suffered a horrible leg injury that has kept him sidelined for nearly three years.
McKenzie Milton’s mother is going through a WAVE of emotions right now. What a comeback story by her son. pic.twitter.com/gfQ6MsXbp4
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 6, 2021
In his first drive, Milton went a perfect four for four delivering a TD. The Florida State QB played fearlessly and didn’t seem nervous playing in such a big moment.
◻️ Threw for 8,683 yards in three seasons at UCF (4th in school history)
◻️ Finished 6th in 2018 Heisman race
◻️ Devastating knee injury in 2018
◻️ Doesn't play for 1,017 days
◻️ Transfers to Florida State
◻️ Led near comeback win against Notre Dame
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) September 6, 2021
The Florida State comeback fell short as Notre Dame took the game in OT 41-38. While the outcome wasn’t the perfect storybook ending, Milton’s comeback was everything that makes college football fans fall in love with the sport. An athlete who once thought his dreams of playing football was over got to live out a moment he was told would be impossible.
Welcome back, McKenzie Milton!