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Boy in Wheelchair Scores Touchdown



    Boy in Wheelchair Scores Touchdown

    Jason Smith, Jr. loves football, but muscular dystrophy usually leaves him stuck on the sidelines, until last Thursday when his dad, who is also his coach, put him in the game. With the help of a teammate, he scored a touchdown. (Published Friday, Nov. 30, 2012)

    Jason Smith Jr. loves football, and always dreamed of scoring a touchdown. Last Thursday, the Oklahoma boy, who suffers from muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, finally got the chance.

    "Sometimes I just dream about running a touchdown," said Jason, who is usually stuck on the sidelines, cheering on and coaching his twin brother, Jalen.

    "He dreams about it almost every night," Jalen said.

    Last Thursday, Jason's dream became a reality.

    With less than a minute left in the game, Jason's dad, who is also the coach, decided to put him in.

    "He grabbed my brother's helmet took it off him and put it on me," said Jason.

    His dad captured the video on his cellphone as the ball was passed to Jason and a teammate pushed him all the way to the endzone.

    "We were going pretty fast," said Jason.

    After the touchdown, Jason's team as well as the other team gathered around him, cheering and giving him high-fives.

    "Just to see that smile on his face like that, that was a great feeling for me," said Jason's dad.