When a wish comes true

Posted Oct 27, 2017

It's always magical when Make-A-Wish recipients visit.

When the horn sounded to end Steelers practice on Friday, Colten Allison got a big smile on his face. And understandably so.

He was about to have his wish come true, and meet some of his favorite Steelers players.

“I really like Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell,” said Allison, as he watched the team practice. “They are playmakers.”

And then the moment came. Allison, who was visiting Steelers practice through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, headed out to the field as the players came over, took pictures with him, and in the case of Brown, give him a football that was used in practice.

“This is very exciting, seeing all of them this close,” said Allison, a 14-year old from Alum Bank, Pa., who has osteosarcoma. “Seeing how they work out and train and meeting them. I really like football and enjoy it. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Allison was already the guest of the Steelers at the team’s home opener against the Minnesota Vikings, and enjoyed that, but getting to meet them was just a bit more special.

“It was a lot of fun to come and see them play,” said Allison. “I had a really good time. But this is really cool.”