_ Editor's note: HLNtv.com originally published this story on December 14. The Alabama Crimson Tide will face the Oklahoma Sooners_ in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday.
He won't play for a national title this year, but AJ McCarron is already a champion in one student's eyes. The Alabama quarterback formed a special friendship with fellow student AJ Starr.
Starr was born with cerebral palsy and after a chance meeting, the pair formed a bond that has evolved into an inspiring story.
Cue the waterworks.