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Published September 21, 2013, 09:34 PM

Fargo boy back in time for GameDay after lung transplant

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo boy has been looking forward to this day for a very, very long time: The chance to see his favorite team play football again.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo boy has been looking forward to this day for a very, very long time: The chance to see his favorite team play football again.

11-year-old Jordan Peterson and his family are back in town just in time for ESPN's College GameDay after spending nearly a year in Texas awaiting his lung transplant.

Cheering loudly with a new set of lungs, Jordan Peterson is breathing in the Bison spirit of College Gameday.

Jordan Peterson- Back to See Bison: "I’m very excited; ready to see Lee Corso put on the Thunder Head."

The Peterson family rolled into town just hours before the hoopla started, bringing the team's biggest 11-year-old fan.

Dan Peterson- Jordan’s Dad: "It's like bringing one of the young little Bison back to the herd."

The journey home for Jordan has been a long one. He spent the last year down in Texas waiting for a lung transplant, and cheering on the herd from hundreds of miles away.

So when he learned he'd be welcomed back not only by a Bison home game...

Jordan Peterson: "I couldn't believe it. For a second, I thought it was a joke."

…but ESPN's College GameDay.

Dan Peterson: "They had to be there for you your first game back."

Annette Peterson- Jordan’s Mom: "Jordan just thinks the Bison are doing everything on his schedule."

Now watching the show, tailgating with friends and throwing a few plays of his own…

Dan Peterson: "To be back here now, with Jordan, with his new lungs, just with a new lease on life; enjoying Bison Nation."

…is the perfect way to celebrate a new life for a boy who’s had such a difficult battle.

Jordan: "That's awesome. I mean, I missed this a lot."

.. and his bright, Bison-filled future.

Annette Peterson: "He's just so excited to be here. That's all he wanted."

Dan Peterson: "This has been part of his life; the strength of the herd. We really believe in that, and we feel that with our community."

Jordan will head back to school for the first time this year on Monday.

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