LAND O'LAKESSunlake's preseason game against East Lake was still months away, and linebacker Xavier Johnson was still in the hospital, recovering from a traumatic brain injury, when Seahawks coach Bill Browning first started thinking about that opening night.He knew his would-be starting linebacker wouldn't be able to take the field with his teammates that night. Still, Browning couldn't bear to think of Xavier, not being there."When this episode all started taking place, about two three weeks into it, coach Johnson and myself got together," he told his team in a classroom, just minutes before Friday's kickoff against the Eagles. "I said, 'I would love to see X come out with the team for our first home game with that 42 jersey on. Mr. Johnson, without wavering, said, 'It's going to happen, coach.' "Just 20 minutes before the first game of the Seahawks' 2015 season, they all filed into a classroom for their regular pregame pep talk. In the back of the room, Xavier sat in a wheelchair, flanked by his father, Ross, and brother, Zephaniah.Browning's speech that night was simple; something coaches across America were probably telling their players at that very minute. But that night — as their teammate, a junior who continues fighting to get back to full strength, joined them for the first time since May 16, when he was injured in an accident while he was tubing — it seemed to hit home a little harder."You go through life and there's a lot of times your mind tells you, 'You can't do this'. There's a voice in your mind that says, 'You can't do this,' " Browning told the Seahawks. "That's when you've got to tell that voice, 'You're a liar. You're a liar. I can do this.' "Browning then handed Xavier a black No. 42 jersey to match his teammates. As Ross and Browning helped Xavier put it on, the Seahawks clapped in unison.Just before heading out to the field, Browning played a motivational video of football highlights for his players to watch. During it, many of Xavier's teammates began to cry. Fellow linebacker Cris Galdos, one of X's closest friends, paused to wipe tears from his eyes.When the Seahawks began their march back to the field for the game, Galdos led the charge, pushing Xavier in his wheelchair.When the captains of both teams met at midfield to flip the coin, Xavier sat with them, starting the season with his teammates, just like he was supposed to do.When Galdos pushed Xavier back to his dad, who waited on the track, the two met in an embrace."Hey," Ross whispered to him. "Do what you've got to do."In the first half of a 34-19 loss to against East Lake, that's exactly what Galdos did. He recorded three tackles, including a big one deep in Seahawk territory.Just before halftime, Tyler Peretti — who was in the accident with Xavier but suffered only minor injuries — caught an 11-yard pass for a first down, getting Sunlake into scoring range. On the next play, quarterback Justin Hall threw a 15-yard touchdown to Galdos, who leaped in the corner of the end zone to make the grab.And as far as Galdos was concerned, that touchdown was for one person, and one person only."It's a blessing that (X is) back. He gets us all hyped up, seeing him again. And he knows that," Galdos said. "Everything is for X. Every touchdown."