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Rutgers Runs Special Trick Play for Wheelchair-Bound Fans in Spring Practice

via Rutgers Football
Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2014

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ended their spring practice in the best possible way.

Eleven-year-old Danny Garofalo and 16-year-old Matt DeRiggi have both been confined to wheelchairs the past three years due to Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), according to's Dan Duggan. DMD progressively breaks down the muscles and eventually weakens the heart and lungs.

The two boys have attended Rutgers practices in the past. However, Saturday's practice was a completely new experience. Instead of just watching the team, the boys were able to participate in a special play.

Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova handed the ball off to DeRiggi, who got the ball to Garofalo on the reverse. With the help of blockers, Garofalo took the ball to the end zone for the touchdown.

Once the ball crossed the goal line, it was time for celebration.

[Rutgers Football, h/t USA TODAY's FTW]

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