Texas homecoming king passes crown to friend with cerebral palsy

QB gives homecoming king crown to friend.

KELLER, Tex. -- "My favorite quarterback right here," says team manager K.L. Norwood, slapping his buddy on the shoulder pads.

Max Akin is a lot of people's favorite quarterback, and he's a good one. In the first half of Friday's homecoming game, the quarterback at Fossil Ridge High School in Keller, Texas had 200 passing yards, 60 rushing yards, and four touchdowns.

What he did at halftime was even more impressive.

"I didn't know when I would have the right time to do it," Akin said. "But I saw K.L., came over and gave him a hug, and I knew that he wanted that crown more than anything."

Both Akin and Norwood were nominees for homecoming king.

The quarterback was awarded the crown. Moments later, he presented it to his friend, who has cerebral palsy.

"It was absolutely terrific," Norwood said.

"I think it should've gone to the person who positively uplifts the school and everybody around him," Akin said, "and that person is K.L., for sure."

This story has taken off -- pictures like these are making the rounds on Twitter. This is social media at its best, when a good story about a couple of good kids is seen by a lot more people.

"Max -- that's just what he is, and that's what our team is, too," said Fossil Ridge head coach Tony Baccarini. "They love each other, and that's why we're successful."

Fossil Ridge has won its first three games this year. No matter how this season ends, this moment will last a lifetime.

"I appreciate it," Norwood said.

"I thought it was the best hearing them chant K.L.'s name right after halftime, and I know he liked that, too," Akin said. "Everybody was going wild for him. Everybody loves K.L. at this school."

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