Touchdown Robby! Teams let boy with Down syndrome score

Two high school football teams in suburban Detroit paused during their game to allow a boy with Down syndrome to carry the ball for a 36-yard touchdown.

The Detroit News ( ) says the touchdown didn't count for Novi, but it certainly meant a lot to Robby Heil and his family. Wearing a full football uniform, Robby carried the ball into the end zone Friday night.

His mother, Debbie Heil, called it "incredible," especially the support of the opposing team. South Lyon East presented Robby with a No. 1 jersey signed by its players.

Robby is a senior at Novi and serves as water boy for the team. He says he had practiced the play but was surprised when coach Jeff Burnside put him in the game.


Information from: The Detroit News,