ARVADA - A Colorado State Trooper who was killed in the line of duty was honored in a special way Saturday morning.

It has been more than a year since Taylor Thyfault was hit by a car, while he and his partner were investigating a crash near Longmont.

For the Cougars, a youth football team, Saturday’s game against Faith Bible Chapel's Eagles was less about winning and more about one 9-year-old and his connection to someone he hardly knew.

That someone was Colorado State Trooper Taylor Thyfault.

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The team's entire season was dedicated to the trooper. His name was on helmets and banners. Plus, a balloon release and moment of silence were held before the game.

All the ideas came from a 4th grader named Garrett Steele.

"I wanted to play for him and to say that I miss him," Steele said, "I want to remember him. He's a hero."

Steele's mother, Ashley Loveless, was taken aback by her son's kindness.

"A 9-year-old is willing to dedicate a season to someone he met twice," Loveless said. "I can't explain how proud I am. The compassion, the heart, the dedication. It's unbelievable."

Thyfault's mother, Carole Adler, also attended the game. She's a family friend of Ashley's. Adler told 9NEWS she was touched by Steele's dedication.

The man found guilty of hitting and killing Thyfault faces life in prison. Christopher Gebers' verdict came down this week. He was convicted of first-degree murder which comes with an automatic life sentence.