Hardin Named 2017 KNS Leadership Award Winner

The storybook ending of Cooper Hardin’s high school football career is preserved on a DVD that he and his former Farragut High teammates still watch with wide-eyed wonder.

Cooper Hardin poses with Eric Berry, left, after winning the 2017 KNS Leadership Award.

A 45-35 Class 5A victory over defending champion Independence still qualifies as must-see entertainment. Farragut erased a 28-point deficit and scored 38 consecutive points last December to win the school’s first state football championship. It was an amazing conclusion to Hardin’s senior season.

“It’s crazy to think that was just a few months ago,” said Hardin before the News Sentinel Sports Awards.

Hardin’s role in Farragut’s magical season came from crazy circumstances, namely a major knee injury suffered during his junior year. He bounced back to play a key role for the Admirals and earn the Leadership Award Wednesday night during the ceremony at the Tennessee Theatre.