AMAZING VIDEO: TX special-needs boy scores 40-yard touchdown
POSTED: Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 1:10pm
UPDATED: Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 1:11pm
CNN — Touchdown runs bring football fans to their feet all the time.
But, this one was different.
One Texas eighth-grader was begging his parents and coaches for playing time all season, even if it was just for a few seconds.
And, he finally got his wish.
It was first and 10, the call, pro 46 power. Eiler Buck takes the hand-off and fumbles.
But, if you thought this would be a set back for the 16-year-old you have no idea what he's been through.
Eiler has been through probably 11 different surgeries on different parts of his body, four of them on his legs, he was also born with a brain malformation.
He can't talk, swallow, and some wondered if he would ever be able to walk.
He falls down but he always dusts himself off, gets back up with a smile, and gets it done. Which is why on the very next play, Coach Drew Libby once again called Eiler's number.
"I told him, 'hey, you got to go, don't fall down," said Libby. "You got to get all the way to the end zone.'"
And, he did with a 40-yard touchdown run, followed by a spike and a celebration no one in the stadium will forget.
That night, Eiler made a video because he had forgotten to do his touchdown dance, and wanted to tell everyone "thank you."