Fowler teen follows sportscaster dream

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FOWLER, Mich (WLNS) – Meet Cooper Koenigsknecht. He loves football.

In fact, he’s the manager of the Fowler Varsity Football team.

We caught up with him last night on the Eagle’s sideline helping out the team

But there’s some irony in the relationship between Cooper and this vocal game.

You see, Cooper didn’t speak for the first 4 years of his life.

He wasn’t conversational until he was almost six.

And that’s because he has autism.

But His parents noticed he had an unbelievable memory, using it to memorize high school teams, players and coaches, their records and playoff experiences.

Cooper is also a big fan of our Fred Heumann and his Friday night “5th Quarter” show.

“I just want to look exactly like Fred Heumann, I just want to look exactly like a sportscaster when I grow up,” said Cooper.

So with a little encouragement from his dad Scott, Cooper created his own show.

You might’ve noticed in the YouTube video, or for today’s interview, Cooper chose to wear the same jersey, that of NFL player Micheal Oher.

Now, if that name sounds familiar, it might be because you’ve seen or heard of the movie “The Blind Side”, which is based off of Oher’s life.

But for Cooper, he identifies with the Carolina Panther for a reason other than their shared love for football.

Sheri: “He’s your guy isn’t he?”

Cooper: “Yes”

His parents, Scott and Jenny, have always focused on his strengths and they couldn’t be prouder of his accomplishments. “We weren’t going to let Cooper’s disability define him, anything is possible we tell Cooper all the time that nothing is impossible, and for him to think that I’m possible.”

We’re proud of you too Cooper, and who knows, maybe someday you’ll live your dream of being a sportscaster.

It looks like you’re off to a great start.

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