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Now You See It: Teens with down syndrome named football captains

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Texas team embraces teens, awards them jerseys. (Source: CNN) Texas team embraces teens, awards them jerseys. (Source: CNN)

SANGER, TX (WFAA) - Two Texas teens were named honorary team captains of their football team.

Football season is back, and the only thing more certain than getting sacked and sweaty in practice is seeing these two young men on the sidelines.

"Especially when you're tired and coming off the field, and you see them yelling with the crowd makes you feel better during the game," said Brance Watts, a senior on the team.

Blake Pyron and Austin Waters are best friends, going into their senior year at Sanger High. For the past few years, the teenagers, who live with down syndrome, have been a big part of the varsity football team as water boys. Last year, they led the team out of the tunnel every single game.

"These guys are special. they have unique abilities and they live their life to the fullest," said Sanger Football Head Coach Chuck Galbreath who has gone out of his way to make these kids a part of the team. He said, "They're an inspiration for all of us, I know for me specifically."

In front of a packed crowd one Friday night, Blake and Austin were named honorary team captains, each given their own jerseys with their names on the back. 

"It humbled me is what it did. It was awesome, no doubt. They had a smile as big as Texas," said Collin Jones, a senior at Sanger High School. 

Mary Ann Pyron, Blake's mother, says this will shape her son's life. "It lets him know he could do anything. He may need a little support here and there. But he can really do anything he wants to do," she said.

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