The Chorley Buccaneers cadets are ‘retiring’ Andrew Carr’s No.20 jersey – meaning that no one else will ever be able to wear that number.
Carr – a student at The Academy@Worden in Leyland – is already a seven-year veteran of American football and he is still only 12 years old.
Coaches at the team – which train on Saturdays at Brownedge High School – made the decision to retire the number because of the incredible impact he has had on the Buccaneers.
Carr led the cadet side to a national championship last year and racked up a host of individual honours.
Head coach Keith Schofield said: “Andrew will be able to carry on wearing his number throughout the other age groups in the club, but for the cadets he was the one and only.”
Retiring jersey numbers is a popular honour in North American sports – but the rare privilege is usually reserved for players who have retired after a glittering career.
Carr said: “I was extremely surprised when it was announced and so thankful as I love being part of the Bucs.”
His journey started in 2007 when he first visited the Buccaneers at the age of five even though, due to league rules and for insurance purposes, he would not be able to play in competitive games until he was seven.
In the meantime, the youngster trained with the team and travelled to watch them in tournaments until he was old enough to take part.
Carr made his competitive debut on his seventh birthday and in his first full season was voted rookie of the year.
He continued to pile up the honours year after year, winning defensive most valuable player (MVP) in 2010, ’11, ’12 and ’13 plus coach’s player of the year in 2014.
In 2014, his final year as a cadet, Carr captained the team to a national championship.