Many times this season, we were reminded of the greater reasons we love sports. Sure, the games are fun, but it's when the impact goes beyond the field that can make a bigger difference in our lives.
From overcoming obstacles to showing support for others going through troubling times, here are some of the moments that made us smile this season.
Blind long snapper plays in game for Tulane
Aaron Golub of Tulane made history when he was the long snapper for the point-after attempt for the Green Wave’s final touchdown of a 45-31 victory against UCF. He became the first legally blind player to play in an FBS game. Original Story
Army carries French flag onto field on day after Paris attacks
Army football took the field today carrying the French flag. pic.twitter.com/o01hpLlvkH— NCAA (@NCAA) November 14, 2015
The terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 brought about much support for the French people around the world in many ways, and college football was no exception. Tributes with the French flag could be seen all around the country, but few were as poignant as when the Army West Point football team brought the flag with them onto the field. Original Story
Trevone Boykin reaches out to fans
TCU star QB Trevone Boykin has given us plenty of examples of his sportsmanship throughout his career. Two noteworthy ones from this season involve him going out of his way to engage fans of the other team.
Before the Horned Frogs game against Iowa State, Boykin met with a young Cyclones fan with cerebral palsy. A photographer who captured the moment posted it on Facebook, and it went viral. Original Story
Later in the year, after TCU suffered a loss to Oklahoma State that dealt severe damage to its CFP hopes, Boykin showed class by still taking time to meet with fans of the Cowboys. Original Story
Kent State female kicker nails extra point
April Goss' big moment came in the second quarter of Kent State's 45-13 win against Delaware State on Sept. 12. She made an extra point to become the second female to score in FBS football and the first since 2003. Original Story
LSU, Southern players save driver from overturned SUV
Before the start of the season, cousins Travin Dural of LSU and Randall Menard of Southern drove past an overturned SUV in a ditch on the side of the road. They stopped and pulled out the driver, who was trapped inside the vehicle. Original Story
Support for SC Strong
There were many examples of other teams showing their support for those in South Carolina who were hit hard by floods in October. South Carolina had to move a home game to LSU, and the Tigers proved to be more than hospitable. The LSU band even learned the Gamecocks' fight song. Original Story
Georgia recognizes injured Southern player
Southern player Devon Gales sustained a severe neck injury in a loss vs. Georgia in September. The Bulldogs showed class by honoring his family in a pregame ceremony the following week. Many Georgia players and former coach Mark Richt visited Gales in the hospital. Original Story
Derrick Henry's Heisman speech
This year's Heisman debate was one of the more hotly contested in years. The award went to Alabama running back Derrick Henry, and in receiving the award, Henry became emotional talking about his family, mentor and coach Nick Saban, and late former Tide back Altee Tenpenny. Original Story