Florida Gators Mascot Goes Viral for Protecting Young Fan from Foul Ball [Video]

By Erica Abbott

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Albert the Gator was the real MVP of Wednesday night’s softball game when he protected a fan from a rogue foul ball. The University of Florida Gators’ mascot was in the right place as a foul ball hurtled towards a young boy in the stands.

In the video, Albert, who made his costumed debut in 1970, can be seen shielding the boy with his big gator head and taking the ball directly between the eyes. After Albert dramatically falls over in the stands, the boy jumps into action and administers fake CPR—completely saving the day. The 14-second video has been retweeted more than 3,000 times and has garnered over 5,000 likes on Twitter.

Saving children from foul balls – just another reason to follow @AlbertGator on Twitter! #GoGators pic.twitter.com/44j6FgkpXa

— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) April 19, 2017

The official Albert the Gator Twitter later shared an image of Albert holding a sign that read, “I’m glad they’re softballs.” Fans praised both the mascot and the young boy for helping each other. The adorable video was shared by Yahoo Sports and Sports Illustrated.

A foul ball into the stands, @AlbertGator shields a young fan and takes it on the nose.

What a guy. #ItsAllAboutTheKids pic.twitter.com/8XOSSxzndw

— Gators Baseball (@GatorsBB) April 18, 2017

The internet was equally impressed with Albert’s act of heroism. See how social media reacted to the video below:

Social Media Reacts to Albert the Gator Protecting Youn Fan from Foul Ball

Next-level #mascotting here.
That’s the best thing I’ve ever seen any mascot do; supremely impressed at the quick-thinking and care. #clutch https://t.co/AyrmaMlaqW

— Shawn Drotár (@sdrotar) April 20, 2017

My favorite part of this is the lady behind him whose first instinct is to protect herself by using a clipboard as a helmet https://t.co/hfqlvBqQdl

— Bilal Mir (@Bilallsack) April 20, 2017

Priceless https://t.co/h5Pl279JAo

— Larry Savage (@SunPreps) April 19, 2017

Mascots are the best https://t.co/OebWfBzcC3

— Scott Holland (@hottscolland81) April 20, 2017

@SInow @FloridaGators He was protecting the kid. That gator is a hero.

— Robert Williams (@RobWill_18) April 20, 2017

The Gators went on to win the game against the University of Central Florida. More importantly, Albert won the hearts of fans everywhere.

Have you seen the video of Albert the Gator circulating social media? What are your thoughts on his act of heroism? Sound off in the comments section below!

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