K-State’s head coach Bill Snyder sends Kaiden Schroeder, 8 years old, into the Purple and White Spring Game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 26, 2014.
K-State’s Jake Waters helps Kaiden Schroeder run for a touchdown during the Purple and White Spring Game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 26, 2014.
The K-State Wildcats held their annual Purple and White Spring Football Game on April 26, 2014. Purple defeated White 23-13 but the only thing fans wanted to talk about was Kaiden Schroeder.
Near the end of the third quarter, K-State’s head coach Bill Snyder called a timeout and then called Schroeder’s number. Schroeder is 8 years old, from McPherson, Kansas, and is battling acute lymphocytic leukemia. He was the guest of defensive end Ryan Mueller who has become his close friend since Mueller first visited him in a Kansas City hospital after the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.
Mueller and the football team surprised Schroeder with his own locker in the Vanier Football Complex, a pint-sized helmet, pads, and a jersey with his name stitched across the back.
After some final instructions from Coach Snyder, Schroeder ran onto the field and lined up as a running back with the first team offensive line. K-State’s quarterback Jake Waters took the snap and handed off the ball to Schroeder. Together, the two of them ran 30-yards for the touchdown.
Schroeder was mobbed by the entire team who lifted him up on their shoulders and carried him back to the sidelines. The fans gave him a standing ovation at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.