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Joe Boozell | NCAA.com | August 26, 2015

Heartwarming rivalry

  The Ohio State defense swarms a Michigan ball carrier in 2014.

Ivan Applin is not your average kid. The Toledo, Ohio native is a diehard Ohio State fan, and unfortunately for Applin, he recently had to undergo heart surgery.

Like any inquisitive person heading into an operation, Applin wanted to know all the facts. His procedure was set to take place at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital (part of the University of Michigan Health System). His main fear, though, was actually quite adorable.

"He asked if the Michigan doctors were going to make his heart love University of Michigan instead of Ohio State," his mother Jennifer laughed.

The doctors, for their part, assured Ivan that his love for the Buckeyes would remain stronger than ever when he woke up from surgery.

The operation was a success. Now, Ivan wants to get his own athletic career back in order.

"He kept asking me to take out the calendar and show him the exact day his recovery period is officially over so he can stop resting," Jennifer said. "He wants to to make sure it's in time for his first soccer practice."

What a story. The best of luck to Ivan in all future endeavors, and we imagine he'll be rooting on his Buckeyes when they visit Ann Arbor in late November.

MORE: Michigan has its fair share of adorable young fans, too. One boy asked Jim Harbaugh how much milk he would have to drink in order to play quarterback earlier this month.

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