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Dylan Curran shines on the field


By Isabella Didio ’18

When Dylan Curran ’20, a Staples special education student, was in eighth grade, he was on the sidelines of every football game of the eighth grade P.A.L. team, relentlessly supporting the team. The following year, through the encouragement of several players and their parents, Dylan was made the manager of the freshman football team. He attended every practice and game throughout the season, and even donned his own jersey with the players.

For the team’s last home game of the season, the coaches and players thought it would be a nice idea to let Dylan dress with the team, in full pads, cleats and a helmet. During the last play before halftime, Staples head coach Drew Smith made up a special play for Dylan. The two teams lined up on the 20 yard line and Dylan ran into the end zone to score a touchdown.

According to many of the freshman players, this was the most special moment of the whole season. One member of the team, A.J. Konstanty ’20, knew how significant this moment was for Dylan.

“I know how much he loves football and how much it meant to him to run in that touchdown. It was priceless to lift him up and acknowledge what he means to our team,” Konstanty said.

Adam Petro ’20, another member of the team, spoke about the joy that Dylan experienced from being able to participate in the game.

“He was so thrilled that he was suiting up for our game. Then, when he got in the game, you could see the beaming smile on his face. We were all so happy for him because we knew he wanted to play more than anything,” Petro said.

According to Ben Howard ’20, Dylan’s touchdown was a reflection of all the inspiration he provided and the dedication he put into the team the whole year:

“Dylan’s presence on the sidelines and on the field has been an inspiring aspect to our team and has driven our motivation and determination.”

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