The Washington Redskins have made an eight-year-old fan’s dreams come true.
Lateef Brock was born with chronic kidney disease. After he reached out to the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic to request a day with the Redskins and their star quarterback Robert Griffin III, they granted Brock’s wish.
Sarah Kogod of the Washington Post reports that Brock got a surprise call from coach Mike Shanahan telling him that he had been drafted and was to report to the team’s minicamp at Redskins Park on Tuesday.
When Brock arrived, the team had a one-day contract ready with a signing bonus of unlimited candy.
“Man, I need to renegotiate my contract,” running back Alfred Morris joked. “I want candy.”
Brock got to hang out in the locker room, where he palled around with Morris, showed off his “clap pushups” prowess and tried on London Fletcher’s very big, very heavy helmet.
“He said he was going to take my job,” Morris told the Washington Post. “I said, ‘Okay, but it’s not going to be easy. I’m not a pushover.’ I’m glad he came, and my heart does go out to him. He’s so young to deal with so much.”
“I’m glad he came, and my heart does go out to him. He’s so young to deal with so much.”
Brock was also introduced to his favorite player, RGIII, and got to play catch with the quarterback.
“I feel blessed that he chose me to be the guy he came out to practice with and hung out with,” Griffin said. “I don’t have any kids, but a lot of the coaches do and they say that when you have a kid, you get more sensitive to things that happen with little children. It’s sad to see what he’s gone through, but I’m glad that we could make his day on this day.”
On the final play of practice, Brock took a red-zone handoff from backup QB Rex Grossman and eluded several Redskins defenders for a touchdown. At the end of practice, Brock was surrounded by cheering teammates, received an autographed football and went home with plenty of unforgettable memories. His day with the Redskins will be featured in ESPN’s “My Wish” series in August.
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