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“…It’s hard to make friends when you’re different”

“He saved me. I mean I thought about just giving up because I couldn’t make friends here. I couldn’t be accepted.”

I don’t really ever bring up my love of sports on Tumblr, except for the occasional Man United post. But I do enjoy sports. Especially American football.

Alabama football has always been in my life. Dad grew up loving the team and passed that love onto me.

A.J. McCarron, as of tonight, played his last game as quarterback for the University of Alabama. He has had an amazing career. He has won three BCS National Championships, two as the starter. He has only ever lost four games, including tonight’s loss to Oklahoma. He has broken many school records, won many awards.

That’s all neat and great, but what A.J. does off the fields is far more impressive to me than anything he has done on it. There are many stories of his works, deeds, and general goodness when he’s not wearing a uniform- the video above is an example of that.

It highlights his friendship with another man named A.J. This A.J. only ever wanted to be was apart of a team and have friends, even though he has Cerebral Palsy. McCarron saw that his friend got both.

Sure, I love watching football. But really, I’ve always believed that integrity is far more impressive than touchdowns. A.J. is that in a sport lacking role models.

Be sure to check out this other video as well on A.J.

Roll Tide.

*Update: The whole video will not come up. In order to see the whole picture, here is the link to ESPN. Great story, I promise. Worth it.