Friday night lights shine on 2 boys with Down Syndrome
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:24:41 GMT —
CNN -- They're not just water boys anymore. Two Texas teens are named honorary team captains of their football team.
Football season is back in Sanger, Texas, and the only thing more sure than getting sacked and sweaty in practice is seeing these two young men on the sidelines.
Blaky Pyron and Austin Waters are best friends, both 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. Water boys who led the team out of the tunnel every single game.
"These guys are special," said head coach Chuck Galbreath. "They have unique abilities and they live life to the fullest."
Galbreath has gone out of his way to make these kids not just feel like they're 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," he said.
And just when you thought their relationship couldn't get any more special, Friday night happened.
In front of a packed crowd, Blake and Austin were named honorary team captains -- each given their own jersey with their names on the back.
"It was awesome, no doubt," said high school senior Collin Jones. "They had a smile as big as Texas."
Blake's mother, Mary Ann Pyron said it will shape her son's life, let him know that he can do anything.