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Former Kuna football player makes new strides after breaking neck in 2013

Bartlome was a Kuna High Football player and broke his neck while attempting to set a block on a running play in 2013. He went to make the block, tripped and caught his chin on another player's knee. (CBS 2 File Photo)

Five years after a football player broke his neck, Boone Bartlome is making long strides towards recovery.

Bartlome was a Kuna High Football player and broke his neck while attempting to set a block on a running play in 2013. He went to make the block, tripped and caught his chin on another player's knee.

He was taken to St. Alphonsus for surgery and describes the experience as "just like the movies."

It took about a week for the sports-lover in him to realize that his playing days were over.

"It took awhile for me to really grasp what was going on you know, like I woke up, and you know, you're 16 years old thinking you're on top of the world and nothing can go wrong. It took me a while in the hospital just figuring out that my life has definitely changed and i'm not going to go back and be who I was yesterday, it took me awhile to figure that out," said Bartlome.

Since that game, Boone has gone through rehab in Denver and he's now back in the gym.

He's since graduated high school, earned an associates degree at CWI and he's now in his second semester at Boise State.

He's gaining function and feeling back in his arms and legs.

"The attitude part of has been probably the most important deal of the whole injury. It's really easy to wake up every day and just dwell and dwell and get stuck in that rut of why, but you just can't let yourself do that," he said.

Boone hopes to graduate next year and wants to be a financial planner.

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