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High School Football Manager With Down Syndrome Scores Touchdown In Front Of His Mother Who Has Terminal Cancer

The best football highlight of the weekend came from Novi High School “hydration manager” Robby Heil.

The senior, who has Down Syndrome, has been the water boy for the Detroit area football team for four years. That’s why with the help of opponent, South Lyon East, the team honored his commitment and heart by letting him score a touchdown from 36 yards out.

The play meant just as much to Heil’s mother, Debbie, who is fighting terminal bone cancer. She had no idea that the teams had planned this for her son.

“I dropped to the ground because I was so emotional when I saw him make that touchdown,” Debbie told WXYZ. “I’ve always been proud of him being the water boy, or as people call him the hydration manager, but this was incredible, he’s Rudy tonight, he’s Rudy.”

What a moment:

 

Kim Constantinesco

Kim Constantinesco

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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