Dante Turo is the quarterback for the Mexico High School Football team in Syracuse, New York. In addition to being an athlete, Dante was raised to respect and honor God. His dad Geno encouraged him to find ways to thank God.
“He wanted to do something at that moment to take credit away from himself and give glory to God,” Geno told Fox News. “God gives us the ability and the talent. As Christians, we want to be sure to give that back immediately.”
When Dante ran 73 yards to score a touchdown at a game recently, he thanked God with the simple gesture of pointing his finger up towards the sky. And that was enough to earn him a penalty. The referee said told Dante’s coach Tee Murabito that Dante was “taunting” his opponents by praising God. (Watch below.)
Mexico High School ended up losing the game 33-31. Murabito said, ““Was that a play that cost us the game? No. But it did have an influence. That call had more impact than you see in the box score.”
Dante will be playing again this weekend. And if he is fortunate to score another touchdown, he intends to risk a penalty and praise God again.
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H/T: Fox News