Football star shot 6 times plans ‘miraculous’ return to sports

CHICAGO -- Everett Henderson was a star running back at Chicago Vocational Academy, hoping to play his way to college, when he was shot six times while sitting on his front porch in Roseland earlier this month.

Police say a gray car drove by and someone inside pulled the trigger, hitting him in the back, butt, stomach, chest and right hand. Shot just hours after playing his last game, doctors thought his sports days were over and he would be left in a wheelchair.

But instead, the Sun-Times reports Henderson has made a full recovery-- and he's even planning on moving on to basketball in December. He hopes to keep his college dreams alive by impressing basketball scouts when they come to town.

Coach Larry Williams said he believes the teen was either an unintended target or it was a case of mistaken identity, because he was making a point of staying away from so-called wrong crowd. He also described Henderson as a special player and young man.

“Everett's a fighter he's going to fight to the end,” Williams said.

No arrests have been made in the case, police say.