Liberty's season-opening football game against Delaware State was special for many individuals and groups. It began another year for them to gather together at Liberty's athletics facility and watch their Flames complete against the best teams in the country.
For Liberty senior running back D.J. Abnar, the game had extra significance because of who was in the group that was there to watch him play. Among his family and friends was his father, Derrington Abnar, Sr., who was able to watch his son play college football for the first time.
D.J. got his love for the game of football from his father, who signed to play at Georgia out of Riverview High School in Sarasota, Fla., in 1992 and played for the Bulldogs during the 1993 season.
Against Delaware State, D.J. helped the Flames rush for 229 yards and two touchdowns, Liberty's second highest rushing total of the season. Individually, Abnar carried the ball 13 times for 80, while adding a four-yard reception and two kickoff returns for 31 yards (totaling 115 all-purpose yards).
During the following five games, D.J. pushed his season rushing total to 268 yards on 46 carries and a touchdown before suffering a career-ending injury at Gardner-Webb on Oct. 10.
The native of Tallahassee, Fla., finished his career rushing for 2,059 yards and 23 touchdowns, while adding 35 receptions for 276 yards and a touchdown. He played a major role in Liberty's NCAA FCS Playoff run in 2014, rushing for 1,289 yards and 15 touchdowns to push the Flames into the second round of the playoffs.
Today's feature, provided by LFSN Game On, takes a look at this special moment for D.J. and his father, the two reunited over a sport they both have had a passion for their entire lives.
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