The annual homecoming at this Texas high school is traditionally celebrated with a friendly football game. The highlight of this event is the halftime crowning of the homecoming king and queen. But a heartwarming surprise took everyone by surprise in 2016 when the homecoming king decided to give away his crown.
Max Akin, quarterback for Fossil Ridge High School in Eller, was crowned homecoming king of 2016. Despite being crowned “king,” he did something no one expected.
He felt he didn’t deserve it, but knew who did. “I think it should’ve gone to the person who positively uplifts the school and everybody around him.”
“And that person is K.L., for sure,” he added.
K.L. Norwood suffers from cerebral palsy, but that didn’t stop him from being the Keller Fossil Ridge football team manager.
So, he brought fellow nominee K.L. Norwood next to the homecoming queen, and respectfully presented the crown to him.
Nothing like Ridge Nation! pic.twitter.com/RotjgrKk9d
— Tony Baccarini (@frhsfootball) September 10, 2016
When Max approached him, K.L. said, “This is my favorite quarterback right here.”
But what he didn’t expect was that Max would offer him the crown!
In an interview with WFAA, Max said: “I didn’t know when I would have the right time to do it. But I saw K.L., came over and gave him a hug, and I knew that he wanted that crown more than anything.
When asked what he thought about what his teammate did, K.L. said that it was absolutely terrific.
— Karl Duncan (@karlduncanphoto) September 11, 2016
“I thought it was the best hearing them chant K.L.’s name right after halftime, and I know he liked that, too,” Max said in the interview. “Everybody was going wild for him. Everybody loves K.L. at this school.”
The touching moment was captured by a spectator, who posted it to Twitter.
Max’s selfless act even made the news. Check out one of the reports here:
PERFECT PASS: The star high school quarterback named homecoming king in Texas abdicated his throne to a very special friend. David Wright reports. #AmericaStrong
Posted by ABC World News Tonight with David Muir on Thursday, September 15, 2016