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As a young boy, Naji Nizam fell in (Credit: Chris Ware)

As a young boy, Naji Nizam fell in love with football, but after being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at age 7, he was told it would be impossible for him to play the sport. Despite the disease, the 17-year-old senior at Earl L. Vandermeulen High School in Port Jefferson fulfilled a dream this football season by appearing in two varsity games.

Port Jefferson football player Naji Nizam

Port Jefferson senior football player Naji Nizam suffers from muscular dystrophy. Although he was involved in only three plays in the 2013 season, he practiced with the team and dressed for every game.

Port Jefferson's Naji Nizam, right, Patrick Hughes, left,
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Port Jefferson's Naji Nizam, right, Patrick Hughes, left, pose with the team's head coach. (Oct. 25, 2013)

Port Jefferson football player Naji Nizam poses for
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Port Jefferson football player Naji Nizam poses for a photo. (Oct. 25, 2013)

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Port Jefferson's Naji Nizam leaves the field along with his teammates as time expires. (Sept. 28, 2013)

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Port Jefferson football players Naji Nizam, right, and
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Port Jefferson football players Naji Nizam, right, and Patrick Hughes pose for a photo. (Oct. 25, 2013)

As a young boy, Naji Nizam fell in
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As a young boy, Naji Nizam fell in love with football, but after being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at age 7, he was told it would be impossible for him to play the sport. Despite the disease, the 17-year-old senior at Earl L. Vandermeulen High School in Port Jefferson fulfilled a dream this football season by appearing in two varsity games.

Naji Nizam, right, a senior at Port Jefferson
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Naji Nizam, right, a senior at Port Jefferson High School, was diagnosed with the disease muscular dystrophy when he was seven years old. Nizam followed his dream to play high school football despite the challenges.

Greg Gorniok, Port Jefferson High School's anatomy teacher,
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Greg Gorniok, Port Jefferson High School's anatomy teacher, works with Naji Nizam during a lesson in class. Nizam, a senior at the school, was diagnosed with the disease muscular dystrophy when he was seven years old. Nizam followed his dream to play high school football despite the challenges.

Port Jefferson High School's Athletic Director Debra Ferry
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Port Jefferson High School's Athletic Director Debra Ferry speaks with Naji Nizam during a break between classes at ort Jefferson High School. Nizam, a senior at the school, was diagnosed with the disease muscular dystrophy when he was seven years old. Nizam followed his dream to play high school football despite the challenges.

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Naji Nizam, center, a senior at Port Jefferson
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Naji Nizam, center, a senior at Port Jefferson High School, was diagnosed with the disease muscular dystrophy when he was seven years old. Nizam followed his dream to play high school football despite the challenges.

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