WATCH: Once-paralyzed high school football player cheered while walking graduation stage


One recent high school graduate from Pittsburgh is inspiring people everywhere with his incredible determination to walk after being paralyzed from the neck down.

Hayden Hamilton received a standing ovation at Lauren High School graduation on Friday as he rose from his wheelchair and walked 10 yards to receive his diploma, People reported.

"That felt better than any touchdown I ever scored," Hayden Hamilton told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette of the emotional response his walk.

Hamilton’s life changed forever on August 31, 2018 after he was severely injured while playing football. The then-high school sophomore suffered a spinal injury and was paralyzed from the neck down, according to the Post-Gazette.

Hamilton has since defied odds and broken past his limitations, his therapist Ryan Lacey told the newspaper.

"He was told he wouldn't be able to do certain things that he's doing now," Lacey said. "It's a great story."

"I think it's cool that I did this on the field where it all happened," Hayden told the Post-Gazette. "I just wanted to be able to walk off that field again because I never got to do it that night [of the injury]. I'd say that was the main goal, to walk off that field once more."