The team recognized 17-year-old Jared Maxfield of Salt Lake City after practice yesterday as this week's Thursday's Hero. Maxfield was born with a cyst at the base of his brain which doctors thought would develop, causing him to lose the ability to walk and talk.
Maxfield has difficulty reading and talking, but is a great visual learner. He goes to East High School and plays on the football team, just like one of his favorite players, Fui Vakapuna.
Maxfield was very emotional as he came onto the field to meet the team. He is a die-hard BYU fan and told the team, “I’m happy to be here. This is one of the best days of my life!”
He was presented the team coin by Harvey Unga, his other favorite player. The team coin has a flag bearer on one side and the team motto on the other.
“This coin represents us and what we stand for,” said Unga. “We keep it with us at all times to help us remember to always do the right thing at the right time.”
Wayne Latu also presented Maxfield with a shirt, a jersey and some hats.
“Here is a flag that we’re going to sign and you can hang it up in your room,” said Latu.
Don't forget to attend the team fireside tonight at the stake center on 735 E. 800 South in Orem at 7 p.m. Heisman Trophy candidate Max Hall will be one of the speakers participating in the fireside.