"They wake me up really late," says Zach.
But he loves football, he loves the Packers, he loves NIU, but he loves defense.
When the Dacy family had a chance to visit their alma mater to watch practice in September, no one ever envisioned Zach making a tackle of a lifetime.
"I was just going to go up and say hi and get him up with the team,” NIU Head Coach Rod Carey said. “And then (he) and his parents mentioned something about sacking the quarterback."
"All of a sudden Coach Carey got the team up and said ‘Okay, let's set it up.'" Said Joe Dacy, Zach’s father.
From there, Zach went to work. He lined up as a defensive end, got around Tyler Loos of Sterling and running back Cameron Stingily to get to Jordan Lynch, a Heisman Trophy candidate, pushing him to the ground. The team cheered and lifted both Zach and his other brother Coen, 7, on their shoulder before wrapping up practice.
"It was a great experience for both of us,” says Lynch “It was a great experience for me just seeing that and anything to help out a kid like that I’ll do
A great moment, and dad missed it.
"I ended up taking a quick photo of Zach in a 3-point stance and realized he was slightly out of frame,” Joe Dacy said. “I was still then trying to correct the angle on that.”
“I never even saw it."
As the internet would have it, social media took over a few days later.
"I was like okay I’m just going to pop on and see what the weather is,” says Jennifer Dacy, Zach’s mother. “I look and it's Zach and somebody had posted a screen shot with Zach and his picture on that and I’m like ‘What the heck is this?’"
While the Huskie staff posted the video online, it found its way to national media outlets like CBS Sports Network and Fox Sports 1. As of this article, more than 17,000 people have viewed the uplifting clip on YouTube.
"Social media takes on a life of its own,” says Carey. “(It) doesn’t need any help from me.”
A day of dreams in DeKalb, and a little fun, even if there might have been a little sandbagging according to Zach.
"He wasn't really blocking me.”
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