• Teammates, family, friends cheer on student as he takes to the field


    IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. - A South Iredell football player is an inspiration to his entire school.

    He's developmentally disabled and has never played on a team until this year as a senior.

    He told Eyewitness News anchor Stephanie Maxwell about how his biggest dream came true.

    Offensive lineman Noah Wynne is holding his own in practice against the team's starters. The fact that he decided to try out for the team stunned his parents.

    “We thought at first he was crazy, to be honest with you, because he had never done anything with organized sports before in his life,” Noah’s father, Walt Wynne, said. “But at the same time, we wanted to be supportive and encourage him to do things.”

    Noah was born without fine motor skills and balance, but he convinced his coach to let him play after talking to his teacher about his goal.

    “I really wasn't surprised because I always try to instill in my students to go for it,” Noah’s teacher, Sharon Turner, said.

    Noah is so dedicated, he hasn't missed a practice or workout since joining the team in February.

    “We have to do stack drills,” Noah said. “Plus, we have to run up and down the field all the time.”

    “Noah's a great kid,” South Iredell coach Scott Miller said. “The kids love him.”

    Even if he never got to play in a game, that was OK with his family.

    “I didn't really expect him to,” his father said. “I just wanted him to be on the team and be in that environment, and be part of a team, because it's so good for him.”

    Coach Miller convinced Noah to take the field for the victory formation Aug 25 with seconds left and South Iredell winning 56-14.

    “Noah gets out on the field and they give him the ball to carry off the field,” Noah’s father said. “It was very touching.”

    “I got to go in the game,” Noah said. “And I got to bring in the game ball.”

    “He's the offensive player of the week because he overcame his fear of getting out there,” coach Miller said. “So, we gave him the player of the week jersey. He earned it.”

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