WORLD â€˘ ROBERT GORDON â€˘ NOV 4, 3:27PM
While the NFL is dealing with the issue of bullying in the Miami Dolphins locker room, a middle school football team in Michigan has a deeper understanding of the game that pros may never reach.
The Olivet Eagles football team at Olivet Middle School in Olivet, Michigan, decided to run a play and intentionally not score, all without their coaches knowing.
The football team planned the play for weeks, all so they could set up a very special moment for a special boy.
Keith Orr is a special needs child, and his buddies on the football team decided to give him the chance to run for a touchdown.
Sheridan Hedrick, a player on the team, wouldâ€™ve easily scored a touchdown, but he instead took a knee on the 1-yard line, much to the dismay of the crowd.
That was until the next play happened: the â€śKeith Special.â€ť
The ball was hiked and immediately handed to Keith, who ran forward as his teammates protected him from the oncoming defense. Keith scored without a scratch.
The boys did much more than help Keith score a touchdown; they brought a community together.
â€śYes Iâ€™m excited and happy that he made a touchdown, but what have these boys showed this community? Thatâ€™s what gets to me,â€ť said Keithâ€™s mother, Carrie Orr, to WILX. â€śTheyâ€™ve got his back. And he knows it.â€ť
We can all learn a lot from the boys on the Olivet Eagles, as they have shown a certain sense of humility and understanding many of us adults struggle with.