It’s every high schooler’s dream. But when this popular football player was voted homecoming king, he rejected the crown for a very unexpected reason.
Now, this young man’s unorthodox response is sending shockwaves throughout his high school and around the world. This is powerful.
Max Akin is Fossil Ridge High School’s favorite quarterback — and he’s a good one at that. In the first half of Friday’s homecoming game, the senior quarterback secured an impressive 200 passing yards, 60 rushing yards, and four touchdowns.
But what this talented young quarterback did at half-time trumped his impressive performance on the field. And it’s simply beautiful.
Seconds after Max Akin was crowned homecoming king, he took a knee to present his crown to fellow nominee and friend, K.L. Norwood, who has cerebral palsy.
“I think it should’ve gone to the person who positively uplifts the school and everybody around him,” Max said, “and that person is K.L., for sure.”
“I didn’t know when I would have the right time to do it,” Akin told WFAA. “But I saw K.L., came over and gave him a hug, and I knew that he wanted that crown more than anything.”
Since then, Max Akin’s unusual gesture has taken the internet by storm. And it’s a beautiful sight to behold as the shared crown reminds the world that inviting someone into the spotlight is always sweeter than hogging it.
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“I thought it was the best hearing them chant K.L.’s name right after halftime, and I know he liked that, too,” Akin said. “Everybody was going wild for him. Everybody loves K.L. at this school.”
With plenty of negative stories in the media about reckless high schoolers, heartless bullies, and irresponsible teenagers, these two young men paint a beautiful picture of brotherhood and remind the world that there is hope for humanity.
“They love each other, and that’s why we’re successful,” said Fossil Ridge Head Coach Tony Baccarini.
This year, Fossil Ridge’s football team has gone undefeated. But no matter how this season ends, we’re quite certain that this beautiful moment will last a lifetime. Thank you, Max Akin and K.L. Norwood for your powerful stand for unity and love. America needs more young men like these two, please share if you agree!
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10