The Most Touching Touchdown of All Time
“You mean a lot to this team, I’m serious you’re a big part of this,” Michigan’s Novi High School senior Anthony D’annibale told his classmate and teammate, Robby Heil, as they walked onto the football field in their Wildcats uniforms last Friday night.
Robby Heil has Down syndrome, and for the last four years he’s fueled his passion for football by fueling the other players as the Wildcats’ water boy, or, as they like to refer to his position, hydration manager. As it turned out, this Wildcats game was going to be unlike any that Robby had ever helped the team with before.
For the first time that night, Robby would be taking to the field not as the hydration manager, but as a player on the team. To Robby’s mother, who watched from the sidelines and is suffering from advanced-stage cancer, this moment meant the world.