While Clemson fans were standing and screaming as loud as they could in Saturday’s win over Louisville, there was a miracle happening inside Memorial Stadium that has nothing to do with what was happening between the lines.
Logan Wires, a 16-year old honor student from Anderson, grabbed a hold of the railing that was in front of him during a key moment in the game and slowly pulled himself out of his chair so he could stand and cheer on his Tigers.
Wires suffers from cerebral palsy, which is caused by brain damage, usually caused by brain injury or abnormal development of the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing — before birth, during birth, or immediately after birth.
According to cerebralpalsy.org, CP affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning.
But on this night, when his Clemson Tigers needed him, it did not stop Wires from doing something he has never done on his own before … standing up.
When his father, Bill, asked him why he did it, Logan replied that his team needed him to.
“He occasionally is made to stand with assistance during therapy sessions, but it is rare for him to attempt to do it on his own and only for a few minutes with assistance,” Bill said on CBS Sports.com. “He cannot stand without assistance. Saturday night, he decided — on his own — that along with his normal cheering, he also needed to stand.”
It’s a moment that stunned everybody in section ADA of Memorial Stadium.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said he received about 15 different emails and texts on Monday with the Facebook picture of Logan standing and cheering on the Tigers.
“That was powerful, just powerful,” Swinney said during his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
Swinney said it was a message to his team as to why it matters how they play on every play.
“It’s the joy you bring to other people. There is a young man, Logan, who has a tough disease he is battling … He can’t go play football, but he is doing all he can do. I think that is just what it is all about. Taking what you have and doing the very best you can do.
“Sometimes, I think, it is a great reminder for all of us. We should be so thankful for our health and for the opportunities to do things we get to do. For those players to be able to go out there and play a game and to use the talents they have been blessed with in the right way.”