Being a D-I athlete is the dream of many kiddos, but making that dream a reality takes a drive, talent, a crazy work ethic and a passion for the sport you want to play. Casey O'Brien of the Minnesota Gophers has overcome many challenges to make this dream a reality.

A few months ago, O'Brien was featured on ESPN because he not only plays D-I football, he has beat cancer FOUR TIMES! Since high school, he has had 14 surgeries and just keeps fighting.  If that doesn't say something about his character, I don't know what does.

Bring Me The News claims that O'Brien had something big happen this weekend. He made his debut on the field as the Gophers place holder. The Gophers scored to make the game 28-0 and head coach P.J Fleck called O'Brian to the field. He was able to get the snap down, so Michael Lantz could put it through the uprights. After the kick was good, his teammates surrounded him with support! He continued to play the rest of the game and help the Gophers to another victory. I'm not going to lie... when I saw this video on Twitter this weekend, I started crying. I have a soft spot for coaches that have strong bonds with their athletes and this video says it all!

In other exciting news... O'Brien was named Big Ten Special Team Player of the week. He had three successful holds in the second half of this game. This is the first time he has received this honor. This should be charry on top for a memorable weekend for O'Brien.

This story really touches my heart! It makes me so happy to see someone who has had to fight so hard to be able to do something they love. His determination to play the sport he loves is so inspiring. That is why he will always be a hero in my book!

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