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KELLER, Texas — A high school quarterback in Texas trumped a stellar on-field performance with his halftime gesture during last Friday’s homecoming game.

Max Akin of Fossil Ridge High School had passed for 200 yards and four touchdowns during the first half as the unbeaten Panthers were rolling to their third straight win. At halftime, Akin was crowned homecoming king — but after receiving his crown, Akin kneeled down and gave it to fellow nominee K.L. Norwood, who has cerebral palsy.

“I didn’t know when I would have the right time to do it,” Akin told WFAA. “But, I saw K.L., came over and gave him a hug, and I knew that he wanted that crown more than anything.”

“My favorite quarterback right here,” said Norwood, who is the Keller Fossil Ridge team manager.

“I think it should’ve gone to the person who positively uplifts the school and everybody around him,” Akin said. “And that person is K.L., for sure.”

Akin’s gesture went viral on Twitter.

“I thought it was the best, hearing them chant K.L.’s name right after halftime, and I know he liked that, too,” Akin said. “Everybody was going wild for him. Everybody loves K.L. at this school.”

Fossil Ridge went on to win the game, 40-12.

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