It has become a bit of an annual tradition to take a moment from a spring football game to put together a truly special moment that one family will remember for the rest of their lives. As they were going through their spring games before packed crowds, both Ohio State and Nebraska managed to tug at the heart strings in different ways on Saturday.
Ohio State capped its afternoon spring game by getting life-long Buckeye fan Jacob Jarvis in for a play. If you are unfamiliar with Jarvis and his story, he is no stranger to the Buckeyes. Jarvis has muscular dystrophy, but that couldn’t hold back his moment of glory in the Ohio State spring game.
On the final play of the game, Jarvis took the field in his motorized wheelchair, took a handoff from Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett and then made his way up the middle of the field to the end zone for a touchdown. And what better way to celebrate the touchdown than by striking a pose as the entire team comes around to celebrate?
Jarvis has been invited to follow the Ohio State football program around the last few years by head coach Urban Meyer. He was even with the team in 2015 to celebrate Ohio State’s national championship.
Why We Love Sports Today: Buckeyes fan Jacob Jarvis, 15-year-old with muscular dystrophy, holds trophy after OSU win. pic.twitter.com/RCRDc0vSfK
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 13, 2015
Meyer and Ohio State get it and just continue to make lasting memories for Jarvis and his family.
Meanwhile, at Nebraska…
In Lincoln, Nebraska, the Cornhuskers pulled a surprise on a military family. Ohio State pulled their memorable magic at the end of their game, but Nebraska did their work right at the coin toss to start the game. The family of Army Sgt. Matthew Hawke was a special guest on the field for the spring game’s coin toss, and they were completely unaware Hawke was standing right by them in a Nebraska uniform and helmet. As his son flipped the coin, the tears started flowing right at midfield.
You know it’s a special moment when you get all the feels during a coin toss.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) April 15, 2017
Are these great moments? Absolutely. Are they contrived as a PR stunt? Most certainly. Who cares? I’ll take these moments every day.