After scoring a fourth quarter touchdown, Dallas Cowboys’ receiver Laurent Robinson spiked the ball. Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal--but the touchdown made the score 34-7, a mere footnote to the beating. Philly fans booed and threw stuff, Cowboys’ fans wondered why Robinson would make such a display under the circumstances.
As it turned out, though, Robinson had a pretty good reason for the move.
The Dallas Morning News’ Brandon George reports today that Robinson met a boy named Tyler, who is battling brain cancer, during the Cowboys’ bye week earlier this month. Tyler, whose wish was to meet a player from his favorite football team, told Robinson that he’d once been flagged for 15 yards for spiking the ball in one of his pee-wee games.
In turn, Robinson promised Tyler that he’d spike the ball after scoring his first touchdown as a member of the Cowboys--which happened to fall on Sunday night.
After the spike, Robinson got the ball back. He plans on giving it to Tyler.
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