WACO, Texas -- Nobody had a better day in Baylor's spring game than Clint Lewis.
The Bears’ longtime staffer and superfan took the field in the second half Saturday and new coach Matt Rhule and his staff drew up a trick play for him.
Denzel Mims caught a throwback pass and ran over to hand off to Lewis, who took it the rest of the way for a touchdown and a heartwarming moment in the scrimmage.
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Lewis, who was born with Down syndrome, has been a member of the program for 22 years. The 41-year-old joined the program as a volunteer manager in 1995 and has since become an official employee. Year after year, he leads the Bears through the tunnel and onto the field before every home game and helps out the equipment staff.
When he scored Saturday, Baylor’s entire team ran onto the field to celebrate with Lewis and danced in the end zone to House of Pain’s “Jump Around.”
“That’s a wonderful moment for Clint,” Rhule said afterward. “It wasn’t like we practiced that. I was really excited to see how much that really meant to our players. They kept dancing and dancing with him. It’s special when you know how much that person has given to you.”