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'It's more than football'

A smile. A laugh. A day of fun.

They are things that are commonplace for children, but for those who are patients at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, they are things that don’t always come easy.

That wasn’t the case on Tuesday when the Steelers rookie class visited the hospital, spreading happiness to those who need it most.

“This is amazing seeing the smiles we bring to their faces,” said Terrell Edmunds. “It’s excitement every time we are here. I am happy to help out and bring smiles to their faces. I was over there making slime. We were trying to make the best slime we could. It’s a fun thing to do.

“It lets you know it’s more than a game and we impact the community more than football. Being able to come here and show them they have our support, our prayers and our love. It’s more than football.”

It definitely was more than football. Spirits were immediately lifted from the minute the players arrived, and laughter quickly proved to be the best medicine. 

“It’s fun. It’s great to interact with these kids and brighten their day the best we can,” said Mason Rudolph. “We get caught up in our routine and it’s fun to come here and play games and make new friends. It’s good to put your life in perspective. We get caught up in wins and losses. At the end of the day we play a game. If we can be a positive witness or role model to kids who are going through a lot worse than we are, it’s a great thing to do. Any chance we get, it’s fun to do as a rookie class.”

The players spent time playing games, including some intense games of Jenga, making slime, as well as signing autographs, posing for pictures and even holding a few babies.

“I was happy the mom trusted me to hold the baby. That is a serious package right there,” said Rudolph. “I hope the best for her. It was cool to meet her and her mom.”

Jaylen Samuels also held onto a little one, with both of them all smiles.

“This is always fun to give back, take time out of the day and show them how much we respect them,” said Samuels. “We know what they are going through. To put a smile on their face means a lot. It’s a lot of fun. It’s cool to make someone’s day. It’s always important to give back.”

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