Water boy with Down syndrome scores touchdown for terminally ill mother

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NOVI, Mich. — A Detroit high school football team’s water boy who has Down syndrome scored a touchdown for his terminally ill mother Friday night.

For four years, senior Robby Heil has been an important part of his school’s football program, providing support off the field, but always hoping to make an impact on the field.

That changed on Friday when play was suspended in the second quarter and Robby received his opportunity.

The team lined up, the quarterback yelled hike and Heil sprinted more than 20 yards to the opponent’s end zone to score his first touchdown.

“I dropped to the ground because I was so emotional when I saw him make that touchdown,” said mother Debbie Heil, according to WXYZ. “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.”

Debbie Heil, who is terminally ill with bone cancer, was able to see the whole thing.

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