• Inspiring touchdown: Player with cerebral palsy scores touchdown thanks to both teams

    By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


    ATLEE, Va. - A high school senior had a dream come true thanks not only to his teammates, but also the opposing football team.

    During the fourth quarter of the game between Atlee Raiders and Varina Blue Devils in Virginia, Sepp Shirey became the hero of the school, WTVR reported.

    Shirley was born with cerebral palsy.

    His head coach told officials and Varina’s coach that Shirey was going to get the ball and carry it for a few yards before Varina’s team would two-hand touch tackle.

    But the game didn’t end the way that the coach planned.

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    Stuart Brown, coach of the Blue Devils, said his players decided that wasn’t enough for Shirey and that they would let him run for the 80-yard field goal, escorting him to the end zone.

    Shirey collapsed as he crossed the end zone, scoring for the Raiders.

    His touchdown wasn’t just a football feat. It was the longest he had walked or ran without his crutches, Inside Edition reported.

    Shirey’s father Hunter works with the team and said his son just wanted to do a regular football play.

    “The plan was to do a regular play --  let somebody hit him. He wants to get hit. He wants to play regular football, but I guess the kids out there on the field had in their mind they wanted to let him go. Sure enough, he went 80 yards,” the elder Shirey told Inside Edition.

    Sepp Shirey says he wants to go to the University of Alabama next year and study either sports journalism or coaching, Inside Edition reported.


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