This photo of Texas high-schoolers Gage Smith and Ty Jordan, who were playing against each other, went viral as the touching moment spread the much larger message of kindness over competitiveness on the field. Gage Smith asked Ty Jordan if the two could stop everything and come together in prayer for Jordan's mom, Tiffany. The 42-year-old mother is battling stage 4 lung and bone cancer.
"It was meant for just me and him to have a moment and to pray over his family and for his mom,'' Smith shared in an interview. "I just wanted to let him know there are other people thinking about him and his family, and let him know he has somebody to turn to." As seen in the photo, the two boys got down on one knee in prayer. The photo was snapped by Smith's coach's wife.
The photo was then sent to Jordan's aunt, Takka Jordan, who later posted it onto her Facebook, where it proceeded to go viral. The post got over 100,000 likes before Takka made it private. The emotional photo was also sent to Ty Jordan's mother. She said, "I was speechless. "It made me cry. (Smith) didn't have to do that. The fact that he took the time to pray with Ty for me, that took my breath away."
The game at which this happened was a vital game for Smith's high school to win. The team ended up winning 56-72, bringing them closet to their playoff dreams. Smith knew it was important for the team to win, but it was far more important to him to put his friend and his mother first. "I would've done that whether we would've won or lost,'' Smith shared. "During the game we're enemies and we're gonna play and try to win the game, but you still have that respect for the other opponent. I wanted to do that for him."
Jordan and Smith have known each other for two years and were introduced while on the same flag football team. Smith learned that Jordan's mother had cancer through a group chat with other friends.