JACKSON, Tenn. (BNc) – Simms took the handoff from the quarterback, ran around the left flank, kicked it into high gear at the 20, and barely avoided the tackle at the one yard line.


The Jackson Christian School Eagles and the Harding Academy Lions met on the football field on October 23, 2009, for Jackson’s last home game of the season.

Aric Simms, who has suffered from physical limitations from birth, was the big winner in the 38-14 win over Harding, scoring the final touchdown in the last few minutes of the game.

Simms has been with the team since 2006, when he asked to speak to the team before their games and, subsequently, became the team motivator. The coaches gave him a spot on the team as manager, and this year he was allowed to dress out with the team.

Both sides cheered as Simms ran down the field. The Harding Lions gave up the possibility of turning the game into a win, but their display of sportsmanship made winners of them all.

Simms won the Michael Mitchell MVP award for the game.

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