13-year-old East Texas boy walks for the first time to inspire football team
Longview, TX (KETK) — A 13-year-old Pine Tree boy, bound to a wheelchair, did the unthinkable Tuesday night. He walked for the first time in front of his junior high school football team.
"I got determination and motivation," said Tyler Bain.
Bain is a normal 13-year-old boy. He loves Texas history and watching his favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys.
Tyler is a die hard Cowboys fan and loves everything about the sport of football.
"I research football I study football," said Bain.
But, a car accident when he was 3 left him paralyzed. Since he can't play sports, Bain decided he wanted to be the Pine Tree Jr. High football manager.
"When I first met Tyler, I was under the impression what is this guy going to do for me," said Jr. High Football Coach Paul Ellsworth.
"He's watching everything, and he's taking it all in. He knows what's going on no doubt," said Jr. High Boys Coordinator Kyle Burns.
Bain is now the Pirate's biggest supporter.
"I hold the game ball, stretching the players out, pumping them up for every game," said Bain.
"He wanted to help out as much as he could," coach Ellsworth said with pride, "and everyday he asked what can I do what can I do so I started to give him little jobs."
Bain even keeps the boys on top of their studies.
"I keep telling them hopefully they will get it one day."
The Jr. high Pirates had a pretty good season at 5-2. But, their spirits were down because they lost to Mount Pleasant.
Tonight, was the Pirates last game against the same team.
"They have in their mind we can't beat them we cant beat them," said Bain.
This is when Bain decided to do the unthinkable.
"I'm going to walk on the last game and hopefully this will give them motivation."
Bain said if he can walk, they can beat Mount Pleasant.
"Now if I can walk on the field, I'll tell them hey if I can walk anything is possible y'all can beat these guys."
So at their last home, Bain got out of his wheelchair and walked in front of all his team members.
"Tyler who went through a tragic accident wants to get up and walk just for his team to prove anything is possible," said Ellsworth. Tears rolled down faces and cheers erupted from the crowd.
"I'm a better man because of Tyler," said Ellsworth.
Bain has the determination to say if I can do it you can too.
"I have my ups and downs, I admit it, but I don't quit and the next day I get right back up and say hey I can do this.''
And his Grandpa, his number one supporter, looks to Tyler as a hero and a role model.
"He keeps pushing and I've told him his families told him push to the limit just keep going," said his Grandpa Bob Gillam.
"You got to work hard, but you can do it. You can do anything you set your mind too," said Bain.
Bain is going to have a special surgery during Thanksgiving. It's another surgery for him to walk again. KETK is asking you to keep Tyler in your thoughts and prayers.