Moments of athletic brilliance outside the framework of in-game action captivate fans. Take the trick-shot videos from former Bills QB Alex Tanney, or the old Michael Jordan-Larry Bird McDonald's commercials from the NBA, for example.
The Syracuse men's soccer team, fresh off its first College Cup appearance last fall, completed the vaunted "header challenge" earlier this week, with Orange captain and former Sweet Home High School star Liam Callahan at the center.
Here's the video, replete with raucous celebration:
— SU Men's Soccer (@CuseMSOC) August 22, 2016
The sequence of headers was shared on ESPN and shared on Twitter by SportsCenter, where it's been retweeted over 600 times and liked by well over 1,000 users in the first hour since the post was published.
After battling a series of injuries since the postseason last fall, Callahan was named the Orange's co-captain on Tuesday, and he responded quickly to a Twitter direct message about the video.
"It's pretty awesome to see something we decided to do out of boredom end up on such huge platforms like ESPN and SportsCenter," he wrote. "It's always a dream for a kid playing sports to end up on there once in their lifetime."
When asked how many attempts it took the Orange to succeed in the challenge, Callahan responded, "First try, of course," followed by a winking emoji.
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