Ohio State fan with muscular dystrophy scores final TD in Spring Game
Urban Meyer, players react to OSU fan with MD scoring final TD of Spring Game
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - Jacob Jarvis has been with the Ohio State University football program for years. On Saturday, the 17-year-old with muscular dystrophy scored his first touchdown to close the Spring Game.
The idea came about from senior defensive linemen Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes. They suggested it to head coach Urban Meyer, who then figured out how to work it into the gameplan.
"I call it the Jacob special," said Jarvis jokingly after the game. "It felt great. I didn't think it would happen ... It felt amazing to have my teammates around me."
His father, who's gotten to know several of the players well over the years, watched it all happen from the sidelines.
"It's uplifting to a lot of the players," he said, referring to Jacob's impact on the team. The Jarvis family, in turn, gets a lot of inspiration from the players as well.
"We look up to them literally and figuratively," he said.
He also admired the players' ability to think of others, especially at a school where thousands of fans celebrate and idolize them.
"For 18-, 19-, 20-, 21-year-olds to care more about others than themselves, it's a fantastic feeling," he said.