Shane Minnitte was all smiles as one-by-one Steelers players came over to him, shook his hand, posed for pictures and signed autographs for the 13-year old.
Minnitte, who is from Beaver Falls, Pa., was the guest of the team at practice on Friday at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“All this kid loves is the Steelers,” said his father Brad Minnitte. “It’s (Ben) Roethlisberger this, Antonio Brown that. He lives and breathes the Steelers. It means everything for him to be here today.”
Minnitte was born with fetal alcohol syndrome and has seizures along with some developmental delays. His wish was to come to practice and attend a game, which he will do when the Steelers play the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 30 at Heinz Field.
“To see him being to do stuff regular kids do, it means a lot," said Minnitte. "He doesn’t get the opportunity to do these types of things. He will be going crazy for the game. We went to one game and he had a goofy grin on his face. He will have a great time.”
The Steelers grant the wish of a young Steelers fan from Beaver Falls, PA.