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Band of Brothers

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You can call it the play of the weekend. It's an inspiring story of team spirit and kindness.

A group of fifth grade football players in Massachusetts rallying around a boy who was being bullied. 

Josh Elliott has the story.

"Danny! Danny! Danny!"

His spirit is infectious, his voice giant

"Who are we??"
 
"Team we are!"

And he's the most dapper kindergartner you've ever seen --- always in suit and tie.

6-year-old Danny Keefe lights up any room and the sidelines, where he's the waterboy for the Williams 5th grade football team

He was born with a speech disorder called Apraxia. Recently, kids at school have been teasing him about it and when his elder teammates heard about it, they sprang into action.

"We didn't want him to keep getting picked on so maybe if we wore all suits they would stop picking on him."

45 boys, all dressed up in suit and tie rallying around Danny- a true band of brothers.

Tommy Cooney gets choked up talking about it.

"We heard that Danny was getting picked on, so we thought that we would all have a day to dress up like Danny, and we thought we would all come to school like Danny, and sponsor Danny, to show Danny that we love him- that we love him very much."

Even his sister, Emily notices: "Everybody's cheering him on and everybody loves him."

And Danny was asked if it was a great day for him?

"Yeah!"

Danny's parents are grateful for the support of their tight-knit community. Mom Jennifer gets very emotional talking about it.

"They'll be there for each one of my children but especially Daniel who needs a little bit extra as you can see it's just a very, very..."

Dad Mark Keefe is in awe of the support.

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