A CBS News report last week shed light on an extraordinary story out of Olivet, Mich., where a middle school football team gave one boy a moment he will remember for the rest of his life.
Sitting 30 miles southwest of Lansing, Olivet Middle School hosted a home football game on what seemed like any other Friday. What the fans, and even the coaches didn’t know, was that the team’s quarterback, Parker Smith, and other players had been conspiring for weeks on a very special play.
The team’s running back took a dive at the one-yard line on what should have been a 20-yard touchdown run in order to set up part two of their plan. The team lined up in a jumbo formation with teammate Keith Orr in the middle. Orr took the snap from his friends who pushed him directly into the endzone.
Orr, who deals with learning and social disabilities, had been accepted onto the football team not too long before. Orr’s teammates wanted to pull something off to make him feel like he was not only a part of the team, but right at the center of it.
“But us kids knew, hey, we got this, this is our time, this is Keith’s time,” Parker said. “We thought it would be cool to do something for him.”
The play caught everyone by surprise, even Orr’s parents, who almost missed the play entirely.
“It was like, ‘Did he just score a touchdown?'” Keith’s mom, Carrie, said.
Carrie’s husband, Jim, fumbled to get his camera ready to capture as much of the moment as he could. The family knew and appreciated what the boys had done for their son.
“Somebody is always going to have his back — from now until the day he graduates,” Carrie said.
- Middle school football team’s life-changing play (cbsnews.com)