Shane Haggerty, senior captain and wide receiver, enjoys talking sports with Daniel and having him around.
“He’s always so excited when he’s with us,” said Haggerty. “He’s always laughing, having fun. At the end of the games he’s always so happy. We all line up and we get in single file and all give him high-fives. He sits with the senior captains at the pasta dinners and just talks sports with them.’’
Daniel was named an honorary captain of the team this season because of his positive influence on the team, motivating them with his seemingly invincible positive attitude.
The Cohasset season reaches its conclusion today with the Thanksgiving Day game against Hull, and seniors like Herth won’t return to the field. But Daniel will have a spot on the team as long as he wants one, according to Afanasiw.
Herth also plans to continue his friendship with Daniel, throwing the football around and talking sports. The big-hearted captain has an even greater hope for Daniel.
“I’m hoping at one time he gets to play some recreational sports and the team can go to support him as much as he’s supported us just by watching,” said Herth. “I’m hoping he gets a sense of community out of it, and I’m hoping that when I graduate next year he’ll remember how important he was even though he may not be the star of the show.”
Coryn Doncaster can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.