Lightning strikes high school football player as he leaves the field after practice

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EL CAJON, Calif. – A high school football player in California ended up in the hospital after a jolt of lightning sent him straight to the ground, KGTV reports.

Dennis Tuatagaloa, 14, was leaving the football field Monday night after practice when lighting struck him.

Tuatagaloa told KGTV it was the second lightning strike he saw that hit him.

“I just felt this wave of electricity hit my body, and it knocked me down to my knees,” Tuatagaloa told KGTV.

The football player stands 6 feet tall and weighs 250 pounds, but he was powerless against the forces of nature.

“Just somebody tackling you down to the ground and basically hugging you there,” he told KGTV. “It was one of the worst pains in my life.”

Tuatagaloa told KGTV he felt like he was stuttering, and he could smell all different types of smoke.

The 14-year-old was taken to the hospital, but according to KGTV he will be okay.

“I’m lucky actually,” Tuatagaloa told KGTV.  “Most people don’t usually make it from lightning hits, but I’m lucky.”

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