A Virginia boy who lost his father before they could attend a Carolina Panthers game together now has a lasting memory of his first trip.

Six-year-old Colin Toler attended Sunday's game between Carolina and the Green Bay Packers more than a month after his father, Ben, died. Chris Baker said his son-in-law had promised the trip to his son but died of a heart condition in September.

Colin's grandfathers took the boy instead and were sitting on the front row behind the end zone when Carolina quarterback Cam Newton scored in the second quarter and handed Colin the football.

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Baker said Colin didn't sleep on the ride back home. The boy said Tuesday he would put the ball in a glass case in his room.