Football Preview 2016: Millbrook’s Kier has special hero

Millbrook running back P.K. Kier, right, stretches during the start of a recent practice session. The senior has already made plans to play for U.Va. after high school. Rich Cooley//Daily

Millbrook running back P.K. Kier, right, stretches during the start of a recent practice session. The senior has already made plans to play for U.Va. after high school. Rich Cooley//Daily

WINCHESTER – Millbrook fans – inside the high school and outside in the stands – consider  college football recruit P.K. Kier a hero.

After all, he maintains nearly a 4.0 grade-point-average, according to his coach, and Kier also rushed for more than 1,300 yards last season in one of the Pioneers’ best campaigns.

He will play at Virginia in fall 2017 after committing in June.

He will proudly say that he wants his Pioneers to play as deeply into the postseason as they can get. To boot, he would like to average 150 yards rushing per game.

But this squarely built 5-foot-11, 205 pounder has a hero all his own.  And this one has nothing to do with football or Ivy League offers he received from Harvard and Yale.

His hero is a youngster named Brayden Kier, who, at age 3 passed away due to cancer. Brayden was P.K.’s cousin.

“He really touched me in a way because I have so much and he didn’t. He inspired me,” P.K. Kier said.

P.K. Kier said inspiration in the classroom comes from his parents, and Coach Josh Haymore is asking for more leadership out of his two-way starter.

But P.K. Kier also has a new motivator now.

Little Caleb, a friend of Brayden’s, lives on fighting leukemia.

“I’m rooting for him,” P.K. Kier said.

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