Mizzou Football Coach Forms Special Bond With Young Fan With Autism

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It’s been a special year for the Missouri Tigers Football squad.

They have exceeded everyone’s expectations this year with a 8-1 record thus far, which includes signature wins over SEC powerhouses Georgia and Florida.

It’s also been a special year for Head Coach Gary Pinkel whose job, many felt, was on the line after a disastrous 2012 season in which the Tigers failed to go to a bowl game for the first time in nearly a decade.

One of the positives has been the coach’s special friendship with a 9-year-old boy from Kansas City, Missouri  named Mason Gray.

Mason , who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 is an avid Missouri football fan and even went so far as to dress up as Coach Pinkel for a costume contest.

Word of Mason’s devotion to the team eventually got back to the coach, who invited Mason and his entire family to Columbia as his guest for a game.

Check out a video below of how thrilled Mason was by his special day and read more about the story here.

Well done Mizzou!



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