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An incredibly touching story out of Michigan is warming the hearts of people across the country.

According to WXYZ Detroit, the Novi High School football team decided to reward manager Robby Heil, a senior with Down syndrome, for being an essential part of the team for the last four years.

In the second quarter of Friday’s game against South Lyon East, play was suspended and Heil took the field with his teammates. Heil took the handoff and raced towards the end zone with his teammates cheering and the crowd chanting his name.

As Heil scored the touchdown, his mother Debbie– watching from the sideline — cried and collapsed with joy. She is terminally ill with bone cancer.

“I dropped to the ground because I was so emotional when I saw him make that touchdown,” Debbie Heil said. “I’ve always been proud of him being the water boy, or as people call him the hydration manager, but this was incredible. He’s Rudy tonight. He’s Rudy.”

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Both coaches agreed before the game to give Robby his moment. And what a moment it was.


Source: CBS Sports Headlines / WATCH: Manager with Down syndrome scores TD as terminally ill mother watches