After Losing His Mother, Goalie Gets Beautiful Tribute From Opposing Fans

Even in hostile territory, some things are bigger than sports.

It's pretty rare for an athlete to get a standing ovation from opposing fans in any sport. But on Friday night in the Netherlands, that's exactly what happened.

NAC Breda goalie Jelle ten Rouwelaar had lost his 61-year-old mother not long before their game against the Go Ahead Eagles. During the 61st minute of action, fans of the Go Ahead Eagles club — who were the home team — gave Rouwelaar a standing ovation.

But they weren't done there. Shortly after, along with NAC Breda fans, they all broke into a rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Rouwelaar was clearly touched by the gesture, despite trailing in the game, and he took a moment to acknowledge the fans during their song. It was a truly beautiful moment that reminded everyone sports, and competition, aren't the most important things in the world.

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