We have a candidate for feel-good story of the year as a high school mascot took off the costume long enough to win the job as a starting quarterback.
A tip of the hat to Guyism for running a story that appeared on a recent Good Morning America, telling the tale of one young man who proved even mascots have some serious game.
ABC News reports Bauer, a student at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky, was the schools rambunctious mascot until he got bit by the football bug.
He wanted to play alongside his buddies and asked the coach for consideration. That's probably not the first time a mascot has pleaded to be a jock, but it may be the first time the following happened.
Coach Derrick Thomas gives his thought:
I didn't know he was the mascot. If I had known, I probably wouldn't have stuck him in. It's like a movie script, couldn't write it any better.
After getting on the team, Bauer found his way into a big game against the school's rival. While his team ended up losing the game, the young man tossed a couple of touchdowns and won the starting job for the next game.
I look forward to mascots across the nation in open tryouts for their respective teams, like a scene taken from the movie The Waterboy.
And the best part is the kid still has the Bulldog suit and plans to don it once again for basketball season.
We await the Hollywood treatment patiently.
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