INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A touching moment between Indianapolis Colts players and and a young boy with autism will tug at your heartstrings.
It happened prior to Saturday’s Colts game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Seven-year-old Ryder Dodson had the thrill of his life when he received some unexpected attention from Colts players TY Hilton and Dwayne Allen.
The players were unaware Ryder suffers from autism when they each took time to say hello and give him a hug.
“I love you,” Ryder said as he and TY Hilton hugged. “I love you, too,” Hilton responded.
Allen also spent a few moments with Ryder, tossing the football and giving him a hug.
The boy’s mom told 24-Hour News 8 their family was deeply moved by the players’ actions.
“Thank you! Thank you!” Laura Dodson said. “Ten seconds of your life to hug somebody that you don’t even know… I don’t think our family will ever forget.”
Video taken by Ryder’s older brother, Carson, quickly spread on Twitter, even getting retweeted by Hilton himself.