Senior Bowl

Malachi Pettway has been through a lot, but he’s never lost his “can do” spirit.

Meghan Overdeep
October 6, 2017

Malachi Pettway wasn’t the fastest or the biggest kid on the field during a youth flag football game in Mobile on last Monday night, but nobody denies he had the most heart.

Crowds gathered to witness the touching moment the seven-year-old with cerebral palsy deliberately made his way across the goal line during a game hosted by the Senior Bowl at University of South Alabama. With his teammates cheering him on, and some help from his uncle—the team’s coach—Malachi scored a touchdown for his team.

Congrats to 7-year-old Malachi for scoring a big TD last night in our Mobile NFL FLAG Football league. Great job! And great job Bucs and Packers!

Posted by Senior Bowl on Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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According to WKRG, Malachi was born at 26 weeks old, weighing just 2 lbs. 9 oz. and with severe physical limitations caused by the congenital disorder. His father died shortly after his birth, and he has endured two surgeries over the course of his young life. Despite it all, Senior Bowl officials say Malachi still has an “I can do it” spirit and a deep love for sports.

Well done Malachi!