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NY Giants linebacker Kareem Martin surprises Park Ridge volunteer coach Matt Grey, who has Down syndrome, with Tremendous Bowl tickets.
Darren Cooper, Native Sports activities Columnist, @VarsityAces

PARK RIDGE, New Jersey – The large reveal got here at halftime.

Matt Grey goes to the Tremendous Bowl.

Grey, a volunteer coach born with Down syndrome, was given two tickets and an unforgettable second on Friday night time at Park Ridge.

New York Giants linebacker Kareem Martin introduced two outsized tickets for Grey and his household, who had no thought what was coming.

The tickets have been awarded as a part of an NFL contest for individuals who influence the sport and their group. Grey will head to Miami in February, and a spot at Arduous Rock Stadium will likely be ready for him.

“He is simply an unbelievable asset to our crew,” Park Ridge coach Tom Curry Jr. stated. “He simply retains issues unfastened and the youngsters love him and we love him. It is a actually particular second for him. You could not have picked a greater child.”

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Grey has grow to be an inspiration to the Owls and a family identify round city.

He’s at each sport. Each apply. Each movie session.

His wardrobe is filled with maroon and black.

And folks nonetheless discuss concerning the time when Gray unofficially scored a touchdown on Senior Night.

After all, many know him simply as Matty Ice.

“Matt is sort of a native legend round right here,” athletic director Chris Brown stated. “When different faculties come up pregame, they high-five him. Folks know who Matty Ice is they usually love him.”

The legend was born a number of years in the past when Grey was nonetheless a scholar at Park Ridge. He helped out with the soccer, wrestling and lacrosse groups. He ran on the cross-country crew within the fall. If the Owls have been there, so was Matty Ice.

“I stated to him at one level, what is going on to occur if you cannot do it?” stated Matt’s mom, Marianne. “He stated, ‘Mother, I’ve to. It is my life.’ It is all he talks about from the minute he wakes up within the morning.”

It was a straightforward choice to maintain Grey on as a volunteer coach this season. He aged out of The Owl Home, a program for college kids aged 18 to 21 with particular wants. His household wished to maintain him concerned. And the Owls wished him round.

Grey, in any case, has developed a connection to the crew with particular nicknames and handshakes. He likes to seek advice from beginning quarterback Vincent Pinto as “QB1”.

“I believe there can be an enormous gap if he left,” Brown stated. “Our children search for him and it does not matter for those who’re the perfect child on the crew or the weakest child on the crew, by way of expertise. Matt does not see that. I believe he is aware of who the higher gamers are, however Matt simply sees you for who you’re.”

“I am excited,” stated Grey, now 21. “It was very particular.”

Grey is a Giants fan, however he additionally roots for his namesake Matt Ryan. Greater than something, he’s an Owl via and thru.

“His mother and pop would say, we won’t thanks sufficient,” Brown stated. “I am like, you do not perceive. Matt provides us a lot greater than we give him.”

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