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Lipscomb signs 5-year-old future baseball star

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Wednesday was National Signing Day for many of the top high school athletes across the country, but at Lipscomb University in Nashville, it was a 5-year-old baseball player who stole the spotlight.

Brooks Russell may just be 5, but he's already faced serious challenges in his young life.

A spinal tumor and chemotherapy have kept him away from the baseball game he loves to play. But on this day to celebrate sporting achievements and unlimited potential, the Lipscomb Bisons did something to make Brooks a star.

For a few minutes, life wasn't about hospitals and doctors. It was all just baseball and that perfectly placed pen.

"So, Brooks, on that line, I'm gonna ask you to sign your name," said head baseball coach Jeff Forehand.

He made his intention known that he wants to grow up to play baseball with the Bisons.

"I think he's overwhelmed, but he loves the attention. And the big boys wanna say 'hi' and get his autograph and shake his hand," said Brooks' mother, Kari Russell.

Brooks even took questions from the media, such as what is his pre-game meal?

"Ice cream," Brooks said.

And he was asked about his future as a Lipscomb Bison.

"Do you know what a Bison is?" the reporter asked.

"It's a big thing with horns," Brooks said.

A big thing with horns for a little guy with few teeth and, on this day, the best smile in town.

Medically, things are going great for Brooks right now. The tumor in his spine is under control, and checkups are a regular part of his life.

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