At 5 feet 10 inches, 150lbs American blade runner Blake Leeper isn't what you'd consider a professional football size.
But, it's the size of his heart and talent that caught the Tennessee Titan's attention.
"Growing up with a disability, I knew that a professional career in sports was never meant for me," Leeper said, "especially to run out on a field on a football field. I never even imagined."
This Sunday, Leeper's childhood dream will come true as he enters LP Field as the "12th Titan."
"I'm going to run out of the tunnel at blazing speed," Leeper said. "I'm going to grab the saber and show it off to the whole stadium."
It's a special honor the Titan's give to a notable fan during home games, and this Para-Olympic star is ready to shine.
"I can run the 100 meters in less than 11 seconds, so we'll see what I have in 100 yards tomorrow," Leeper said.
While he's excited to fulfill another long-time dream, he hopes his appearance sends an even deeper message to others.
"I want to be able to run out on that field with the Titans and show the world that regardless of your situation, regardless of your disability, that with a strong mindset, and if you stay determined, that you can overcome any challenge in life."
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Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:37:11 GMT
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