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High School Football Opponents Kneel to Pray

By Kharen Martinez Murcia | November 6, 2019 | 1:03pm EST

Two high school football players on opposing teams knelt down in prayer after their game on Monday to ask God to help heal one of the player’s mother, who is battling cancer. Photos of the players, who know each other, went viral on Facebook and are spreading on other social media.

After the game, Sherman High School senior Gage Smith approached Mesquite High School player Ty Jordan. They shook hands, exchanged some words, and then the two young men knelt down to pray for the health of Jordan's mother. 

"I just had a moment with him, praying over him, his mom, and his family," Smith told a local reporter.


Jordan’s aunt decided to post photos of the two young men.

“I was sent these pics last night and was going to make a long post but I'm gonna keep it short,” Takka Jordan said in her tweet. “Be careful how you treat people because you just might be entertaining an angel!! #GageSmith thanks for praying and speaking LIFE into my nephew, Ty Jordan, you are blessed & amazing.”

Smith had previously met Jordan in a 7-on-7 team, according to 13ABC. 

(YouTube screenshot.)
(YouTube screenshot.)

"When you're playing the game, you're playing to win and the other team is the enemy,” said Smith. “But, afterward, you still have respect for the other opponent.”

Sherman coach J.D. Martinez praised the player for his compassion and leadership on and off the field.

"It's pretty special that kind of everybody gets to see really what he is, he's that type of kid all the time, it's just not in front of the cameras or anything like that, he's like that every day," Martinez told local reporter.

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