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'I'm proud to be part of this team': High school senior with special needs scores first touchdown

"I almost cried myself because I've had people tell me over the years, 'you ain't gonna do it,'" A.J. said.

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High school senior A.J. Burns is the star on campus this week after an unforgettable touchdown run.

A.J., who has special needs, was carried off the field last week by his team from Gordo High School in Alabama after his first-ever touchdown.

On fourth down, his team positioned on the goal line, head coach Ryan Lolley put A.J. in at fullback and let him run the ball.

"He was excited," Lolley said. "He knew what it was going to be like. He's not scared of contact, that's for sure."

Then, A.J. found the end zone.

"When (Lolley) pushed me in there and them boys started jumping on me, I dove into them and they dove into me. And I scored," A.J. said.

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"That meant a lot to me," said Jason Burns, A.J.'s father.

A.J. said scoring his first touchdown was exciting.

"I almost cried myself because I've had people tell me over the years, 'you ain't gonna do it,'" A.J. said.

After scoring, A.J.'s teammates carried him off the field and gave him the game ball.

"We were all emotional," Lolley said. "It probably changed everybody."

A.J. said he's motivated to keep giving it his all at practice to earn more playing time and hopefully, score again.

"I'm proud to be a part of this team," A.J. said.