The Baltimore Ravens are paying the ultimate tribute to Mo Gaba, a 14-year-old superfan who tragically passed away from cancer on July 28.
In a touching video posted Friday, the NFL team revealed that they filled a section of their M&T Bank Stadium with 575 cutouts of the young fan.
Dubbed “Mo’s Rows,” the organization said in a statement obtained by CNN that the section “serves as a tribute to the young fan who, with his positive outlook and zest for life, captured the hearts of countless Baltimoreans.”
Section 146 also features a special cutout of Mo’s mom Sonsy, who had been by her son’s side throughout his health journey.
“It’s just hard to believe that my son left behind a legacy and just him being himself,” Sonsy said in the emotional video. “He did nothing out of the ordinary and what he did in 14 years of his life, like, I can’t help but be proud of him.”
“I miss him, but I’m so proud of him,” the mother added.
Mo’s Rows will remain in place until fans are allowed to return to the stadium. When this happens, however, the team will find another way to honor Mo’s legacy.
Per ESPN in July, Mo, who battled cancer four times and lost his sight as a baby, first gained nationwide attention when he secretly called 105.7 The Fan while his mother was at work.
Last year at the NFL Draft, the teen became the first person to announce a selection off a card written in braille.
Hours before his death, the Baltimore Orioles elected Mo into their Hall of Fame as the second-ever recipient of the Wild Bill Hagy Award, which honors the team’s most dedicated fans.
Our most dedicated fan is forever with us in our Hall of Fame. pic.twitter.com/usFYQk7s0p— Baltimore Orioles 😷 (@Orioles) July 28, 2020
Reportedly, Mo had spent 75 percent of his life at hospitals, and underwent operations, chemotherapy, radiation, and a bone-marrow transplant to treat tumors on his neck, legs and lungs.
ESPN reports that two months before his passing, scans showed that cancer had spread to his lungs and brain.
Mo will be missed.