Former Auburn fan meets Coach O in chance encounter

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All photos provided by Jennifer Moore. Tour video provided by the LSU Athletic Department.

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33)( FOX 44)- An unlikely LSU fan finally got his chance to meet LSU football coach, Ed Orgeron after a picture of him went viral on Facebook.

Colton Moore, 9, was sure he was an Auburn fan until he saw LSU Baseball blow the top off the SEC Tournament and beat Arkansas 4-2 in May 2017.
Jennifer Moore, Colton’s mother, said that game changed Colton’s perspective on team loyalty.

“We left there and he had to purple and gold everything,” Moore said.

Colton was born with spina bifida, a birth defect that causes the spine and spinal cord to form incorrectly. But in spite of his condition, Colton developed a ravenous appetite for sports. Being an Alabama native, he always loved to watch Auburn score on television, he even had his wheelchair painted orange and blue for his favorite team. But after the 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament, Colton was hooked on LSU.

“One day we were watching an LSU game and Coach O had come on the screen and he asked who he was,” Moore said. “When we told him who he was he said I have to meet him.”

With that in mind, Moore took pictures of her son clad in his LSU gear and posted it on facebook. In less than 24 hours the picture reached LSU, Coach O, and a fan base eager to fund his trip to Baton Rouge. Friday was the big day.

“They welcomed us. They took us right on in and showed us around,” Moore said.

Colton was finally able to live out his dream and meet Coach O, see the LSU locker room and even sit in Joe Burrow’s seat. But through all the fanfare and excitement, Colton’s mom says the kindness is what her family will remember the most.

“You see so many cruel things in the world,” Moore said. “When you see something like this you realize the world isn’t as cruel as it seems.”

Colton will attend the LSU game tomorrow morning and then head back home to Alabama.

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