‘Hail Mary’ High School Football Player Gets NFL Surprise

By ABC News

May 8, 2014 10:17am

Gary Shawn Haynes Jr. has created a stir online with a Vine video that shows the football player catching his own Hail Mary pass.

The video, posted on Monday, shows the 17-year-old high school receiver throwing a long, high pass, racing for it and catching it, all on his own.

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Haynes, who attends Manvel High School in Manvel, Texas, appeared on “Good Morning America” today to explain how he pulled off the amazing trick.

“Get the ball high,” said Haynes, who said it only took him “three or four times” to nail the trick, which he did “just for fun.”

Though just a high school junior, Haynes said he is already being looked at by schools like the University of Houston and Texas Tech.  A college football career would put him on the path to play in the NFL, just like his hero, NFL Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.

Haynes is such a fan of Sanders that, as a kid, he was nicknamed “Geion” by his mom.

On “GMA,” Haynes got to meet his hero, Sanders, when the former Dallas Cowboys star walked into the show’s Times Square studio and surprised the younger football star.

“Oh my God!” Haynes said.

Sanders had another surprise in store for Haynes, two passes to the NFL draft, which starts tonight in New York City.

“Oh my God, thank you,” Haynes said.

Coordinating the surprise was another NFL Pro Football Hall of Famer, Michael Strahan, a member of the “GMA” team.

“Go to the draft.  See how it is, and then, in a few years, we’re going to be watching you,” Strahan said.  “Deion is going to be on the NFL Network, talking about ‘Geion Sanders’ getting drafted.”

“We’re proud of you man,” Strahan said.

As of Wednesday night, the video of Haynes’ impressive move had been retweeted more than 225,000 times.

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