High School football is king in West Texas and for one man it also saved his life.

According to NewsWest 9, Jared Groner played football at Midland Lee, but after a few concussions in just a little over a month one of the trainers sent him in for an MRI.

The MRI revealed a spot on his brain that doctors originally believed was just a birth defect.

But the doctors kept monitoring it for a while and the spot kept growing. That's when they discovered it was not a birth defect, as they had diagnosed earlier, but it was actually a tumor.

That tumor would send Groner through chemo not once, but twice.

“The second time you know it stinks getting that diagnosis but you just have to trust, you know, the good Lord has a bigger plan, and although you may not why this is happening to you, you don’t ever ask yourself that,” Groner said with a smile on his face. “It was a bad deal but he got me through it and surrounded me with all of my loved ones and prayer warriors out there and they helped me get through that. So I’m very grateful to God. He’s been too good to me."

Today Groner is now cancer free and is encouraging people to take part in the "Head For The Cure 5K" coming up in March 2019.

The proceeds from the event will all be donated to brain cancer research.