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  Braxton Weidman called last week "life changing." That type of comment from an 8-year-old boy may not seem all that unusual, but, coming from Weidman, it might be the most profound thing you read all week. The Birmingham native was diagnosed with a stage 4 brain tumor last month, so Najee Harris' five-TD and 206-yard rushing performance against Ole Miss meant more than just another Alabama win. ESPN's "College GameDay" shared the emotional story of the Weidman family from the time of the diagnosis in September and how the Alabama Crimson Tide rallied around the 8-year-old boy.

In three weeks, Weidman had two brain surgeries and the part of the right temporal lobe removed. He will soon start radiation. "Brain surgery is a lot for just an 8-year-old," Weidman told ESPN. "Ain't no kid should go through that." That's where Alabama coach Nick Saban and running back Najee Harris comes in. Weidman's favorite Alabama player is Harris, and both reached out when they heard his story. "I feel like me talking to Braxton made more of my day, my whole week," Harris said. "It's motivating me more going into the game." Weidman asked Saban if he was going to run Harris, and he even had some advice for his favorite player. "You do you and most of the time when you do you, you got it," Weidman said. - Birmingham News

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