Tyrel Dodson cheers on good friend during Special Olympics

Though he may not have been as vocal in the media as some of his teammates, linebacker Tyrel Dodson was a definite leader both on and off the field at Texas A&M the past couple season.

Coming to Aggieland from Franklin, Tenn., in the class of 2016, Dodson played in every game as a true freshman. After that season, he never left the field. The 6-foot, 237-pound defender led the team in tackles as a sophomore in 2017 with 105, to go with 11 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He also had three interceptions, including the game-clincher vs. Florida. As a junior in 2018, he was second on the team with 70 tackles.

After the season, Dodson decided to declare a year early for the NFL Draft. In doing so, he left a big vacancy both on the field and in the locker room.

In profiling Dodson, NFL.com recently shared the story of his friend, William Gawlas.

Gawlas and Dodson have been self-described best friends since their sophomore year of high school. He has seen the Aggie linebacker play for the past three years but, this week, the tables were turned.

Dodson showed up to support Gawlas as he competed in the Special Olympics.

The two met through the Best Buddies program and Dodson credits their relationship with helping him to success on the field.

The video below shows two people that obviously care a great deal about each other and is heartwarming as Dodson hopes to hear his name called in this week's NFL Draft.

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