Over 30,000 Rider fans jumped out of their seats as Duron Carter made a one-handed touchdown catch on Saturday.
But no one was more thrilled than 12-year-old cancer survivor Paige Hansen.
She knew Carter had a promise to keep.
Hansen has season tickets in the first row and talks to players during warm up. For Saturday’s game, she made a sign featuring players who share last names of former U.S. presidents, including Naaman Roosevelt, Duron Carter and Bakari Grant. That’s when she struck up a conversation with Carter.
“Duron said there’s going to be a touchdown in this end zone and they’re going to celebrate with us and that was pretty exciting,” she told the CJME Morning Show.
After Carter made the phenomenal catch to tie the game, he went over to Hansen and gave her the ball.
“He was like, ‘I knew I was giving this to you, I promised you’ and I was just screaming and shaking like crazy,” she said.
Hansen stuck around after the game like she always does to congratulate the players and out came Carter.
“He held his arms big and wide, he’s like, ‘I told you, I told you’ and he just gave me a huge hug.”
The newly signed football spent the night well protected. Hansen’s mother shared a photo of her sleeping with it on social media.