HHH's Mullen makes 'SportsCenter' for season-ending TD run

smcdowell@islandpacket.comNovember 8, 2011 

Maybe Chip Mullen could be the next viral sensation.

For now, he'll settle for a little ESPN exposure.

The Hilton Head High senior, born with Down syndrome, was featured on the Plays of the Weekend segment on "SportsCenter" throughout the morning Monday after he ran for a 77-yard touchdown on the final play of his career during the Seahawks' playoff loss at Myrtle Beach on Friday night.

Mullen's touchdown -- his second of the year -- was the No. 9 play of the weekend.

"I think it's exceptional. That kid has put in four years of total commitment to our football program," Seahawks coach Tim Singleton said. "And now he's on 'SportsCenter.' Not many people can say that."

He's becoming a more prominent name in the YouTube world, as well.

Myrtle Beach's WPDE News Channel 15 filmed the play and named Mullen's touchdown its play of the night. The station added the video to YouTube, and it has already topped 20,000 views in three days.

In the final seconds of Myrtle Beach's 64-16 victory, Singleton said Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson offered to allow Mullen to score a touchdown. Wilson told Singleton he had seen previous Mullen plays on film. Mullen scored a defensive touchdown against Berkeley to end a game earlier this season, a play set up by Stags coach Jeff Cruce.

Mullen ran a sweep play down the right sideline for the score Friday night. Myrtle Beach players greeted him in the end zone to congratulate him.

Afterward, Mullen made sure to keep some memorabilia from the play.

"He came off the field with that ball and didn't let it go," said George Mullen, Chip's father. "He took it home with him."

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