PROSPER — When the sun heats up the turf at Prosper High School, the football team hits the field for practice.
But after running a handful of drills, players start cheering for Michael Bramer, better known as "Mikey."
He is the most popular football player on campus.
While the 18-year-old has Down syndrome — a condition that causes mental and physical disabilities — that didn't stop him from trying out for the team.
"We've talked to him about whether he wanted to play or work as a trainer, in film, where he can contribute," said Prosper Eagles head coach Kent Scott. "He is bound and determined to play. He wants to play."
Michael knows his team needs him.
"All my friends needs me [sic] to win and the team," Mikey said.
He's there to lead the huddles and to check on injured players. He's also giving the team a lesson they will will take beyond the field.
"Mikey has taught the whole team a lot about that it doesn't matter what type of person you are, where you come from," said player Marcus Dale Stroud. "He has taught us to respect each other a little bit better, and he has brought us together as a family."
Mikey has been playing with the Eagles for six years. This is his last season; he graduates in the spring, and most of friends will be heading to college.
"I'm going to miss my friends," Mikey said.
The teenager has told his family he wants to go to Texas A&M.
"He talks about it," said Rob Bramer, Mikey's dad. "We don't know what we are going to do here."
While his mom and dad plan the next steps, Mikey's team is staying focused on one goal.
"We want to make sure this is the best year of his life," Marcus said.
The first moment came nearly a month ago during a practice game with the team.
Bramer got the ball during a play and he didn't stop running until he reached the end zone.
He scored a touchdown.
"That one little touchdown that he gets in the inner scrimmage make his whole year, his whole life," Marcus said. "It's that moment he's going to remember the rest of his life."
More moments are expected this season. Mikey told News 8 he is ready to help his team win — the team that has given him the self-confidence to chase his next dream.