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Varsity Football Player's Act of Sportsmanship Goes Viral

When he saw that a player from the other team was injured, he didn't hesitate to help him out.


The DuBois Beavers varsity football team suffered a tough loss to their opponents, the Oil City Oilers, last Friday in DuBois, PA.

DuBois scored with just 5 seconds left in the game, but when they went for the two-point conversion to try and win with two seconds left, the play failed making the final score 55-54.

In a video captured by Oil City's athletic association, you can see that DuBois player Zach Shilala was injured during the last play, and was limping toward the sidelines. Before any of his teammates or the training staff could get to him, Oilers junior running back Cam Russell rushed to Shilala's side and put his arm around him to help him off the field.

(Source: @Oil_City_Sports )

When sportscasters noticed the moment, they congratulated Russell on his "really great sportsmanship." The video quickly went viral, earning hundreds of shares and comments praising the athlete for his kind gesture toward his opponent.

(Source: @Oil_City_Sports )

Twitter user DubJ wrote, "Wow, we need a lot more athletes and great young men with this mindset. When the plays over do the right thing and this kid did the right thing. Congrats to his parents for raising a good young man."

(Source: @DubJ19273916)

Zach Shilala posted, too. "Shoutout to my dawg cam russell! As he was helping me off the field he told me he couldn't not return the favor because i was showing amazing sportsmanship to him all night long, we need more people in this world like cam, much love!"

(Source: @ShilalaZach )

The official Pittsburgh Steelers fan account @SteelerNation even left an encouraging comment, "Great stuff Oil City!"

(Source: @SteelerNation )

When asked why he chose to help his opponent in a follow up interview with JET24-TV , Cam said, "I can kind of feel his pain because I've been there before. It's just how I am. I think sportsmanship is a big part of the game."

Dan York, head coach of the Oilers, said Cam's quick action to help the player on the field was true to his character. "Just an absolute great kid, good sportsman. That's just what Cam is. To see Cam do that, is that a surprise? No. It's not a surprise at all to me."

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