Two great kids from Bridgewater, Mass., received the ultimate surprise for their actions.
The Bridgewater Badgers peewee football team gained national attention in November after the group of fifth-graders stood up for their volunteer “water coach,” 6-year-old Danny Keefe, who was being bullied at school.
Keefe suffered a brain hemorrhage shortly after birth, and as a result, has a speech impediment. He also wears a suit, tie and fedora to school every day, which led to the bullying he endured, but his teammates rallied around him once they learned what was happening, organizing a “Danny Appreciation Day” at school in which they all copied Keefe’s signature look.
The amazing show of support didn’t go unnoticed, either, as Keefe and 11-year-old Tommy Coney, the Badgers’ quarterback, were invited to appear on Friday’s episode of Ellen. The two, who certainly are role models in their own right, received a special message from someone whom they hold in high regard — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Check out Brady’s message and the boys’ awesome reactions to seeing their favorite signal-caller in the video below.
“Hi Danny and Tommy. I hope you guys are having fun in L.A. with my friend Ellen,” Brady began his recorded message. “I heard about your story, and I can’t imagine how proud your parents must be. Danny, people still tease me about what I wear, but I never listen to them, so keep wearing what makes you feel best.
“And Tommy, I love your leadership and how you stood up for Danny,” Brady continued. “And I applaud the entire Bridgewater team for participating.
“And I hear you’re both big Patriots fans, so I’d love to give you tickets to our regular-season finale against Buffalo and give you some field passes, too. One more thing: Mr. Kraft, our owner, wanted me to give you tickets for your entire team to come to our Hall of Fame here at Patriot Place.”