Shelby: Seventeen-year-old Patrick Myshrall is a one-of-a-kind player who is making a big impact on his high school football team. Patrick has down syndrome, but he hasn’t let that stop him from missing a single practice or drill. He wears his jersey and number with pride.
Patrick Myshrall: My favorite player is Tom Brady. And some people say I look, kind of, better.
Shelby: The St. Peter football team is 6-and-2 this year, and last Friday, Patrick played in his first game. With a commanding lead, St. Peter’s had the game won. So, in the final minute, both teams gave Patrick the moment he has been waiting for. Patrick scored his first touchdown!
Patrick: Very exciting. All the people saying, ‘Go, Pat! Go, Pat! Go, Pat!’
Coach Tom Henrickson: Focus! Hard work! Let’s go!
Shelby: Head Coach Tom Henrickson says Patrick’s big play shows what sports is all about.
Coach Henrickson: Standing ovation on both sides; all the Doherty players were clapping, all of our kids. Not a dry eye in the stands.
Shelby: For Patrick, his teammates are more than friends; they are family.
Patrick: They are like brothers. They are very… They are very nice.
Shelby: So, whether he is scoring touchdowns or giving high fives, Patrick is leading others on and off the field.
Coach Henrickson: They’re bringing us all together as a family. And he’s showing us life is a gift.