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Texas Longhorns football hosts Special Olympics group at practice

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"It's good to be able to show them who's under the helmet."

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Last Saturday morning, Special Olympics athletes from central Texas were guests of the Texas Longhorns football team. The group visited the team's facilities and met with coaches and players. Annabel Stephan of the Big XII Digital Network was also on hand to record a segment.

"It's all about giving back to the community," 'Horns head coach Charlie Strong says. "I tell our players all the time that they're special and everyone in the community knows who they are. So when it's time for us to give back, we want their support for the games and want them to come out and support us, so we want to give back."

Senior linebacker Timothy Cole says he loves seeing the smiles on the kids' faces knowing they will remember the experience for the rest of their lives.

Morgan Moore with Special Olympics Texas also makes an appearance.

"Being so close to the players is really cool," she says. "I've never done that before. I'm so excited to meet them and I didn't really know what to say."

Senior right end Caleb Bluiett says it's important to show who's under the helmet and that "every football player's not a big, mean guy."