ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Cooper Barton is like any kindergartner. He is five years old. He likes football.
Oh, and now he has 109,000 friends.
Cooper went to school over a month ago and returned home with every parent's worst nightmare: a note that he had gotten in trouble. His "Michigan" t-shirt was not appropriate for his Oklahoma City school.
Turns out that was the best news that had ever happened to the Bartons, who happen to be longtime Michigan football fans.
Shannon and Chris Barton brought their son Cooper, and his brother, to Ann Arbor Saturday, at the request of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon. Cooper got a standing ovation from the crowd during the first quarter of the Wolverines game against Massachusetts.
"Cooper isn't phased by much. There's not one thing that's cooler than the other. This whole thing has been really cool. The fact that he walked out onto the field, was just another part of the great, cool day," Cooper's dad, Chris said.
Chris said he was far more nervous than his son was to walk onto the Big House field, but he found it simple once he looked at his five-year old son calmly walking with ease.
The day was all made possible after Brandon discovered Cooper's story, and reached out to the family.
"When Dave Brandon calls your cell phone, you answer. He found out that day, and the cameras had just left our house. They came right back," Shannon said.
Cooper, like any five-year old, will take back a simple message to his classmates.
"I got to go to a Michigan football game. I got to go out there."
'There' is the field where another record crowd cheered him on, and assured him wearing maize and blue is quite alright.
Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter at WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli.
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