Boomer Hornbeck, 7, of Atlanta, Ga., is a huge fan of the Florida Gators and their quarterback, Tim "Superman" Tebow. Boomer had no idea of what was in store when he received an invitation from Florida coach Urban Meyer to visit their stadium the day before a game for a tour. The story,Â as told by his grandfather, Bud Hornbeck in the Naples NewsÂ will change your impression of college football forever. (Hornbeck also supplied pictures.)
In March, Boomer had undergone extensive surgery on his legs requiring him to be in a full-length cast (which they applied in orange and blue - Florida's colors). Boomerâ€™s goal was to be able to get out of his wheelchair and walk up to shake Meyerâ€™s hand when they met. Boomer did not want to be in his wheelchair when he met his favorite coach.
But, Meyer had other plans. By the time Boomer's tour was complete, Boomer had gotten to know "Superman" and had been invited to join him and the team the next day both on the field before the game and in the locker room after the game for a team celebration. What happened is a side of college coaches and athletes that we seldom see, and an experience of pure joy for a little boy.