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Texas Teens With Down Syndrome Named Football Captains
Football season is back in Sanger.
And the only thing more sure than getting sacked and sweaty in practice?
Is seeing these two young men on the sidelines.
"Especially when you're tired and coming off the field, and you see them yelling with the crowd makes you feel better during the game."
Blake pyron and austin waters are best friends, going into their senior year at Sanger High.
And for the past few years, the teenagers who live with down syndrome have been a big part of the varsity football team.
As water boys, they led the team out of the tunnel every single game last year.
"These guys are special. they have unique abilities and they live their life to the fullest."
Head Coach Chuck Galbreath has gone out of his way, to make these kids not just feel like a part of the team but be a part of the team.
"They're an inspiration for all of us, I know for me specifically."
"And just when you thought their relationship couldn't get any more special, Friday night happened."
In front of a packed crowd Friday night, Blake and Austin were named honorary team captains. Each given their own jersey, with their names on the back.
Blake, so triumphant and so full of joy. You can't help but get choked up.
"It humbled me is what it did."
"It was awesome, no doubt. they had a smile as big as Texas"
Mom Mary Ann Pyron Says this will shape her son's life.
" It lets him know he could do anything. He may need a little support here and there. But he can really do anything he wants to do."
A lesson anyone can appreciate on the gridiron and off.