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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • RVMS’s David Jacobson sees the Vikings up close and personal

  • “Well, it was just a regular Saturday morning, and the phone rang...” David Jacobson said, telling how he spent a Sunday morning in the Metrodome visiting with the Vikings.
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  • “Well, it was just a regular Saturday morning, and the phone rang...” David Jacobson said, telling how he spent a Sunday morning in the Metrodome visiting with the Vikings.
    The RVHS seventh grader continued, “...and my aunt picked it up and said it was for me. She was doing hand gestures to my mom and saying it was the Vikings, that I had gotten four free tickets.”
    The story goes back a little further than that, of course.
    David and his mom, Holly, moved to Redwood Falls from California last year.
    “We have family in the area and came here on a vacation, and just never went back,” said Holly, a personal care assistant.
    One reason is that David, who has Noonan’s Syndrome, was getting picked on a lot back at his old school.
    “David was bullied a lot at his last school because he’s so small,” said Holly.
    Noonan’s Syndrome is a genetic disorder that results in, among other things, David’s small size. At the age of 13 he weighs about 60 pounds, and is four feet, three inches tall.
    “It amazes me the teacher at this school see David’s amazing personality,” said Holly.
    “One of his teachers knew someone with a seasons pass to the Vikings, and wondered if David could use it,” said Holly.
    Instead, a teacher wrote a letter to the Vikings directly — leading to the fateful Saturday morning phone call.
    On Sunday, Oct. 13, David got up at 5 a.m., put on his Vikings jersey, sprayed the mandatory gold and purple dye in his hair, and set out with several friends.
    “When we got to the Metrodome we had to wait in the lobby area. A security guard said we could watch the players arrive, but not told to them. A lot of them nodded at me, though,” David said.
    “The Vikings manager gave us a VIP pass, and took us out onto the field. It was huge.”
    David got to watch the Vikings warm up before the game.
    “When we were standing on the field, we could almost reach out and touch them,” he said.
    “When the timer reached the 30 minute mark we had to leave for our seats, but one of the coaches tossed me the practice football,” David said.
    “The players didn’t come over because they weren’t supposed to have any distractions before the game. They lost anyway, so they could have come over and said hi,” David observed.
    After posing for the obligatory photos with the cheerleaders, David headed up to his seats to watch the game.
    Page 2 of 2 - David had a confession: the long day and excitement were too much for him.
    “I fell asleep halfway through the game,” he laughed.
    Actually, the Vikings visit was David’s second unusual activity of the weekend. On the previous Friday he got to ride in a limousine for the first time as one of the middle school’s top sellers of magazines for a fundraiser.
    What does David want to be when he grows up?
    “I want to be on the police force,” he said.
    “I’ve never raised David to be ‘handicapped’,” Holly said. “To say that what the teacher here have done for him goes above and beyond doesn’t even begin to describe it.”
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