Brett Dettmer rolled for a touchdown to start the second half of Syracuse Rocket's homecoming football game highlighting the games Coach for a Cure MD drive.
Dettmer, who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was three years old, earned himself a space on the football team despite the use of a wheelchair.
Jim Clark, the father of Dettmer's cousin, Matt Clark, who gave up his chance to attend the Nebraska football camp to instead help out at a camp in Cozad for kids with muscular dystrophy, said Dettmer is a motivational factor for the team.
"It will be hard for some of these guys next year when he has graduated," Clark said. "I know the kids have had some tough games and it has made a difference when Brett is there telling them to get going, play hard.
"Coach Rick Nordhues said Dettmer comes to every practice and and is a steady source of inspiration.
"No matter what the kids think their troubles are, they see Brett as a kid who has persevered and is making the most out of his life," Nordhues said.
Clark said Dettmer is also a fine historian when it comes to the details of victory and defeat.
"Especially in wrestling, he can not only tell who the guys have wrestled before, but the scores," Clark said.
With the television camera rolling, quarterback Mitch Stilmock called a "38 Rocket"and handed the ball off to Dettmer.
He rolled to the right behind a wall of blockers and the escorting Sandy Creek defenders.
Nordhues said Dettmer's older brother, Jeremy, had suggested a way to get him on the field. He called the Sandy Creek coaches who said they would be honored to participate.
"It was something his brother felt that Brett's parents and Brett would remember for a long time," Nordhues said.The play was not widely publicized, so even the players were somewhat surprised when Dettmer lined up in the backfield.
"The kids really enjoyed it. They took a lot of pride in that," he said.
The school's homecoming atmosphere included participation in the national "Coach to Cure MD" drive.
Fans and students wore T-shirts that Dettmer designed and players wore a patch on their sleeves.
Nordhues said the school participated to raise awareness especially for Duchenne muscular dystrophy that impacts Dettmer. The shirt included the hashtag "Tackle Duchenne."