A photo of two opposing high school football players has gone viral after it was posted on Facebook by one of the players’ aunt. Gage Smith and Ty Jordan could be seen kneeling down on the field after the match, as they solemnly prayed for Jordan’s mother, Tiffany, who is suffering from stage 4 lung and bone cancer.
What made the moment extra special was the fact that the two teenagers had just finished a crucial football match while playing for opposing teams. Smith plays for Sherman High School. They had just defeated Jordan’s West Mesquite High School 56-27 when Smith approached Jordan. He asked his opponent if they could take a moment to pray for his mother.
“I just wanted to let him know there are other people thinking about him and his family, and let him know he has somebody to turn to,” said Smith.
The moment was captured by the wife of Sherman’s head coach and was later passed to Jordan’s aunt, Takka Jordan. Takka uploaded the photo to facebook, where it received over 100,000 likes. She later decided to take the photo down for unknown reasons. Nevertheless, it has already caught the attention of people from all over the world. More importantly, Tiffany Jordan had seen it.
In an interview with TODAY, Tiffany said that the photo made her speechless. “It made me cry. (Smith) didn’t have to do that. The fact that he took the time to pray with Ty for me, that took my breath away,” she shared.
Smith later said that he and Jordan may be enemies during a football match but he will always have respect for his opponent and friend. Despite playing for different high schools, they became friends through a 7-on-7 football team that plays during the spring and summer. Jordan’s mother’s ailment was revealed in an online group chat among their peers.
Smith’s mother, Patricia, was also overwhelmed when she learned about what her son did. She took to Facebook to share her thoughts: “As a parent we have many moments in our children lives that we are so very proud. When they learn how to walk, talk and bring home great grades. None will compare to the heart my son has for our Lord and his genuine care for others. The things Gage Smith does when we are not looking is what shows whom you are.”