(Note from Author: Deep in the heart of East Texas is a tiny town called Hughes Springs, which I’m proud to say is my own hometown. I was in East Texas when this amazing event happened at the my high school; I was supposed to be there with a friend but unfortunately wasn’t able to make it. May thanks to local news station KTBS who covered this beautiful story.)
Like most small town Texans, high school senior Justin “Double J” Myrick loved sports, especially football. But after suffering a brain injury at four-years old, Double J had never been able to participate sports other than ‘sideline work’ such as water boy and later equipment manager.
So at the end of Double J’s junior year, head coach Chris Edwards wanted to do something special for him–something “over-the-top”.
At the opening season game between local rivals Hughes Springs and Daingerfield High School, Coach Edwards and Daingerfield head coach Mike Waldie came up with a plan: Double J would run the first play of the game in for a touchdown.
Following is the video featuring Justin’s ‘winning play. As reported by local news station KTBS, “It was a once in a lifetime moment for Justin Myrick, but for the rest of the Hughes Springs and Daingerfield communities, it was a message of service that the game is so much bigger than we are. And it’s a lesson that everyone involved won’t soon forget.”