Six-year-old Colin Toler recently lost his dad, Benjamin, who was only 32 when he died of a heart condition. Colin’s two grandfathers took him to his first NFL football game to fulfill a promise made to his dad before his death.
Colin will never forget what happened.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has a tradition of going to the middle of the end zone after every Panthers’ touchdown to give a football to a kid.
But this game was different. ESPN reports that, “Green Bay Packers defensive end Julius Peppers snatched the ball from Newton’s hands after a second-quarter touchdown Sunday — because he tossed it toward the sideline — Newton had to chase it down. That led the two-time Pro Bowler to the section 105 near-corner tunnel exit of Bank of America Stadium.”
“I was like, ‘Oh gosh, oh gosh!'” Toler told the television station. “Am I going to be on the big screen or am I going to be on TV?’ I was jumping up and down like, ‘Yeah!'”
Yep, little Colin got that ball.
Newton would traditionally have run a completely different direction. But because of Peppers, Newton ran right up to Colin at the other end of the field. His grandmother called it a “God Wink,”–a much-needed source of joy for her grandson.
Colin’s grandmother said that her grandson and husband were overwhelmed by the experience.
Kudos to the boy’s grandfathers for keeping their promise and giving Colin a game to remember.
(Photo: Courtesy of Toler Family via ESPN)