This is my 9-year-old nephew Conner, and in his eyes you are the greatest football team of all time. He has actually been a fan since before he was born. My brother and his mother watched every game the season she was pregnant with him. Conner also happens to be austistic.
Next week on September 23 we are taking him to his very first football game. We're all nervous because noise and crowds trigger Conner.
He is not nervous at all because as he puts it, "Blake will be there." That's right, my nephew is not afraid of facing a stadium full of strangers because of #BlakeBortles
Conner knows he is different. He knows why. He knows how. He knows this because last year the bullying got so bad he was coming home from school sobbing with bruises. Unfortunately, this was taken lightly, and HE was pegged as the "behavioral problem". We decided to take the plunge. We pulled him from a broken system that just has a hard time understanding/making space for those on the spectrum. Now his mother works very hard to homeschool him.
Ya'll, he is different kid. He is more outgoing, holds eye contact longer, and talks more than I've ever seen him. He is so happy. His grades have improved so much we are taking him to this game as a reward!
If there is absolutely any way he could meet anyone from the team that would basically make you cooler than Santa Clause. If not we understand, we will be there rooting for the #jags even though we're from #Tennessee 😂😘 See you next week! Let's go #jaguars
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Friends and loved ones I will be sharing this across a bunch of groups and will be reading the comments of to Conner on our way to the game. If you made it this far please drop "you got dis" in the comments to support the sweetest kid I know. Thank you!