8-year-old boy becomes high school mascot

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TULSA, OK (CNN) — An Oklahoma second-grader is literally facing his fears head on.

Gunner Alley used to be afraid of mascots but now, he is one.

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The 8-year-old plays a mascot named, “Lil Red” on the sidelines of Verdigris High School football games.

Gunner wears an authentic cardinals head that his family bought along with a costume his mother made.

Gunner now equates being a mascot to “being a super hero.”