Sports are great to different people for different reasons, in fact, that’s one of the things that is great about them.
Watching freakishly athletic and fit players dart around a field with power, grace and purpose appeals to massive swaths of people. Many of those people are kids who look up to the players and the team and desire to be a part of it one day.
And one of those kids is Jack Johnson, a young man born with a genetic disorder, who wanted nothing more than to walk out with his hometown Huskers on a Saturday afternoon in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Today, he got his wish.
In one of the most truly touching moments around the FBS this weekend, Johnson is overcome with excitement as he walks out of the tunnel wearing the same gear as the other Nebraska footballers.
As he is walking out, Cornhuskers safety and captain Nate Gerry lifts Johnson into the air so that he can slap the sign like one of the boys. Gerry was on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe award and the Bednarik award, but this might be the most significant and lasting moment he has all season.