By Erica Abbott
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.
— 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.
— 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
— 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
— Larry Savage (@SunPreps) April 19, 2017
Mascots are the best https://t.co/OebWfBzcC3
— Scott Holland (@hottscolland81) April 20, 2017
— 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!