The oldest adage in the book holds that it isn’t whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. Rarely has that been more true than during a freshmen football game in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
As reported by Wisconsin NBC affiliate WJFW, the Rhinelander freshman football squad used 8-year-old Gabe White, the younger brother of Rhinelander wide receiver Owen White, in the team’s final play of a loss to Mosinee High. On an untimed down, Rhinelander got the ball to the younger White on a kick off return and the seas parted, giving Gabe a magical path to the end zone.
The only thing that’s better than the special Rhinelander touchdown was the Mosinee team’s role in the play, with Mosinee stars intentionally diving just short of Gabe White’s feet, inspiring and spurring him on to the end zone.
Owen White insisted that the touchdown was the most special of Rhinelander’s season, even if it didn’t officially count. His coach, Mark Apfel, seemed to agree.
“I wanted to make a special moment for him. [He’s a] special kid. All you have to do is hang out with him for 30 seconds and you see that,” Apfel told WJFW. “When they went to go lift him up at the end that was the minute. That was the big minute for us and even some of our coaches were tearing up and that’s a weird thing because I haven’t seen that side of them.”