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As the University of Alabama fell to the University of Oklahoma, 45-31, in Thursday’s Sugar Bowl game, the Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron walked off the field dejected with the loss sealed by his fumble in the final game of his college career.
But there’s a story about McCarron, a senior who has been hailed for the legacy he’s leaving, that is enough to make even staunchest Crimson Tide fans loosen their blame on McCarron’s two uncharacteristic fumbles in the Thursday night game.
AJ Starr used to peek through the fence to watch the Crimson Tide practice. Loving sports since he was a child, Starr always wanted to be on the field, but he has cerebral palsy.
As Starr explained in his struggled voice to ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi in a touching feature, oxygen was cut off to his brain when the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck during birth.
“And so, I kind of received brain damage,” he said.
As a result, Starr, like other patients with cerebral palsy, has problems with muscle coordination. He also finds it difficult to make friends. Though he thought enrolling at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2012 would be a fresh start, “it’s hard to make friends when you’re different,” he said.
But these struggles are not viewed by Starr as many might think.
“I don’t really look at cerebral palsy as something, like, to be down about,” he told ESPN. “I just keep going.”
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