Story by Lon Tytell
For Kyle LeDuc, a senior at Warwick Valley High School, it was a dream come true to meet the Dallas Cowboys.
Kyle, a huge fan of the football team, was born with muscular dystrophy. His parents, Paul and Tara, emailed a representative of the Cowboys two weeks prior to the family travelling to Dallas, TX to attend the play-off game against the Green Bay Packers on Sun., Jan. 15.
Arrangements were then made for Kyle to meet the members of the team. He attended the team’s practice at the Star Facility on the Friday before the game against the Packers.
“I broke the huddle with the team after practice. Then a bunch of players came up to me including Des Bryant, Tony Romo, Dak Prescott, Jason Witten and Sean Lee. I was wearing Des Bryant’s jersey. He took the time to sign it. I also received an autographed helmet and football. They even signed my Dallas Cowboy hat,” said Kyle.
`Head Coach Jason Garrett shook Kyle’s hand and took the time to have a picture taken with Kyle’s family in the lobby of the Star Facility. Coach Garrett also invited Kyle to have lunch with the team where he met all of the team members.
A couple of hours before the play-off game at A&T Stadium, LeDuc went on the field and watched the players warm up.
“Ezekiel Elliot was the first player who came up to me and shook my hand. Then Dak Prescott came up to me and said, ‘You are my good luck charm.’ Des Byrant shook my hand and said, ‘It’s time to dominate’ about 30 minutes before the game. Tony Romo came up to me and stated, ‘Des will try to get you a touchdown.’ I was happy to see this wish come true,” said Kyle.
Kyle also said that the Head Coach and the players were easy to talk to and that he gained a lot more respect for the players.
Kyle has been involved in the Warwick football program. He started as an assistant coach for the modified eighth grade team thanks to the invitation of Coach Joe Fotino. He has served as an assistant coach throughout high school. He has also had a chance to call some of the plays.
Kyle will be receiving the 12th Man Award on Fri., Feb. 3 at the Turning Stone Resort as a New York State High School Football Coaches Association State Award Winner. This selection was made by the New York State High School Football Coaches Association.