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Clemson Tigers' equipment manager with special needs gets an incredible surprise from coach Dabo Swinney
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Clemson Tigers' equipment manager with special needs gets an incredible surprise from coach Dabo Swinney

A truly classy gesture

David Saville is a very important member of the Clemson Tigers college football team, and their coach Dabo Swinney recognized his contribution with a startling and emotional reward Thursday.

The national championship team's equipment manager, who has Down Syndrome, received the surprise in front of the team and the video is going viral.

"Where's David Saville?" said Swinney on the video. "C'mere man!"

"You do so much for this team, alright, just the joy that you bring every day, the perspective, how hard you work, one of the hardest workers that we got around here," Swinney tells him. "We all love ya, and so we got a special gift for you!"

"I don't know if you're interested," Swinney jokes, "I know you're busy, but the NFL, they have presented you with two Superbowl tickets to the Superbowl this year!"

Saville hugged Swinney while the players applauded around him after he heard the surprise.

In the video Saville tells his father via a cell phone. "Superbowl tickets?" his father asked in shock. "Where did you get those?!"

Here's the touching video of the presentation:

"As y'all will see," said Swinney, "David fills the room with joy and just such a wonderful spirit. He gives our team and myself unbelievable perspective. And I have yet to see David Seville have a bad day."

A 2017 ESPN video highlights Saville as "the heart" of Clemson football and details how his father felt overwhelmed when he first heard that his son had been born with Down Syndrome.

Here's the ESPN special on David Saville:

David Saville is the heart of Clemson Football | College GameDay | ESPNwww.youtube.com

"When you see David every day you see love," Swinney said about Saville in the video. "And I don't care what your problem is, where you came from, what your background is, what your beliefs are."

"Man, love conquers all," he concludes.

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