Video: Rutgers draws up trick play for young fans

Big Ten football fans will love what Kyle Flood and Rutgers did for two young fans, both confined to wheelchairs due to Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), at the conclusion of practice Saturday. In a moment that will remind many of Jack Hoffman’s touchdown run, the Scarlet Knights had Danny Garofalo, 11, and Matt DeRiggi, 16, in the team huddle and drew up a trick play for them.

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Matt took the handoff, and Danny came across the field for a reverse that he took it to the house. The Scarlet Knights all celebrated when Danny crossed the goal line.

How great is that?! Way to go, Rutgers!

Here’s what Danny’s dad told about the moment:

“He loved it. That’s what makes it all worth it. As small as something like that seems, it really is a big difference.”

And here is the aforementioned Hoffman touchdown:

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John Murphy on 4/14/2014 @ 2:05pm EDT Said:

Welcome Rutgers and Maryland!

Rease on 4/14/2014 @ 2:27pm EDT Said:

It seems like all big ten football schools do things for the community, however this must be the most heart warming thing I have seen thus far.

shookwriter27 on 4/14/2014 @ 4:15pm EDT Said:

That’s just so cool!

Karen Gordon on 4/14/2014 @ 11:23pm EDT Said:

Welcome to the Big Ten Rutgers…great to see you all giving to someone special. Great job Huskers….the Big Ten is so cool giving to others

legend196 on 4/15/2014 @ 10:14am EDT Said:

The kid Hoffman deserves to be drafted to the nfl:)

Kevin on 4/15/2014 @ 5:56pm EDT Said:

Here is a great article about the programs relationship with the two kids….