I agree with all the comments on how great of a story it is, and I truly think its amazing for that kid and I dont think any of us will ever get to feel what he felt in those four minutes. I may be wrong about that, but I cant imagine that being anything other than absolutely amazing for him.
Anyway... That being aside. I think he should have gotten recognition even if this didnt happen. Again, I think its great that he got his four minutes of fame and again, he probebly felt like the coolest kid in the school after that and obviously its well deserved.
But doesnt anyone else agree that showing up to help coach the team for four years, by itself deserves this kid some freakin praise. By what his teammate said about him like how he was missed at practice when he was sick... He's gotta have a big effect on these kids by just showing up.
...Not to take away from the article, or what he did, it was just a thought haha.