4-year-old signs letter of intent to join Notre Dame College football team

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SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio —History was made at Notre Dame College in South Euclid as the Falcons football team signed its youngest recruit ever.

“I felt like it was something that would be good for us. They talked to us about how to get him on board,” said Kyle Perkins, Notre Dame College wide receiver.

Max Peppers is behind the historical day.

“Max is a very outgoing kid. He kind of steals the spotlight when he is somewhere,” said Notre Dame quarterback Ryan Fallon.

At four years old, Max is signing his letter of intent to join the Falcons football team, but he most likely will never play football on the field.  He battles with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a disease that causes muscle damage and weakness. Right now, he is confined to a wheelchair.

“We get to play the game we love day in and day out. And we get to work for it, and he doesn’t get the opportunity. So it makes you more grateful, take more pride in what you do,” said Notre Dame football player, Malik Grove.

With his new teammates looking on, Max makes it official and signs his letter of intent to join the Falcons football team.

“The day he was born, that was my envision and to see it happen now, today, it’s really good,” said Max’s father, Mike.

Max has made it clear to head coach Adam Howard now that he is signed, he wants to play quarterback.

“Everybody knows the quarterback,” he said.

It didn’t take long for Max to don his new gear, including his Notre Dame College jersey and a signed football by the entire Notre Dame College football team.

“People around him love him for who he is and not look at him for what his ailment is,” said Mike.

Max then posed for pictures with his new teammates. “Let’s do this,” he said. Before finishing his big day with a team cheer. “1,2,3, Go Falcons!”

Max with the team

Max with the team