“The Most Inspiring Football Play of All-Time:” Team Runs Special Play for Special Needs Player

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 11, 2013   |   6:23PM   |   Washington, DC

In what some are describing as the Most Inspiring Football Play of All-Time, players on the team at a middle school in Michigan set up a special play for a special members.

Keith Orr’s teammates on the Olivet Eagles middle school football team in Olivet, Michigan came up with a special play for Orr to score a touchdown — all unbeknownst to their coach. They spent weeks devising the play to give Keith that chance to score.

As WGHP reports:

Sheridan Hedrick was running the ball and intentionally downed it inside the 1-yard-line, much to the dismay of the crowd.

That was until the team called the next play: the “Keith Special.”

The ball was hiked and immediately handed to Keith, who ran across the goal line with his teammates surrounding and protecting him from the defense.
Keith’s parents were scrambling for the camera when he ran across the goal line. While they almost missed the moment, they undoubtedly understand the significance of the play.

“Somebody is always going to have his back. From now.. until the day he graduates,” Keith’s mother told Steve Hartman of CBS News.



While Keith’s parents were moved by the incredible gesture, Olivet wide receiver Justice Miller was likely the most impacted by the “Keith Special.”

“He’s never been cool or popular. He went from being a nobody to making everyone’s day,” Miller said.