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by: JamieD On  Monday, September 21, 2009

Matt Ziesel Scores ATouchdown


Total Pro Sports – Through all the blood baths, crushing hits, criminal acts, and verbal exchanges this week in sports, there had to be one story that would really make everyone feel good.  We found that video and it comes from Benton High School in St. Josephs, Missouri.

We will leave it to the Ziesel family to describe the scene.  They left the following note on the YouTube page:

Freshman Matt Ziesel scores a touchdown against Maryville. Below is a little write-up from the Ziesel family for those of you not familiar with Matt:

Matt is a special athlete who has Down Syndrome. He loves football and has grown up in an environment surrounded by sports. His father is a coach/ athletic director, and all his siblings play sports. He grew up at athletic events, and has always been a cheerleader. He registered as a freshman at Benton High School -Saint Joseph, MO this year, and told his mother and father he wanted to play football. The team takes good care of looking after Matt, and he is still the cheerleader on the sidelines. He puts his pads and helmet on, stands next to Coach McCamy and waits for his turn to play. Over and over during the course of the game Matt will say, “Coach McCamy, I am ready! I am ready Coach!”

On this Monday night coach gave him a chance. The Cardinals were down by a few touchdowns with 15 seconds left. Coach McCamy called a timeout and asked the coach of Maryville High School if they could run their “Matt Play”. He agreed and this is where the video begins.

Thanks to Coach McCamy and the freshman coach at Maryville, Matt and his family will cherish his moment forever!

Some critical comments have been made on YouTube regarding this incident, stating that Matt really never learned anything because no one attempted to tackle him.  Some believing that this provides him with “a false sense of hope and that’s going to hurt him in the long run.”

News flash people. The kid was never going to be able to play football in his life because of his condition. He loved the game and I am sure it was a thrill for him to get to carry the ball into the end zone once in his life.  For people to take that away from him is ludicrous.  Can’t we just have one feel good story that doesn’t have to be challenged.  Do you really think he is going to go through the rest of his life thinking everything will be handed to him because he got to score a touchdown?  If you do, you likely have some issues of your own.

This was a great outcome to a great idea orchestrated by two great teams with fantastic coaches.  Had they taken the advice of some of their YouTube commentators, it is quite likely that we would be showing you video of Matt getting wheeled off the field on a stretcher.  I think that makes the “don’t tackle him” option the more logical one.

Matt Ziesel

Matt Ziesel




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