Jahlil Rockymore, a 13-year old from Pittsburgh, had every reason to be excited on Friday afternoon as he was the guest of the Steelers for practice at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex through Make-A-Wish.
But he was also a bit nervous as he stood and watched the team practice, waiting for the moment he would get to meet his favorite players, T.J. Watt and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
“I am really happy to be here,” said Rockymore. “I am nervous too. I have always been a fan. I am grateful to here. I really like the Steelers.”
Rockymore, who has generalized epilepsy, and his three brothers watched practice and afterwards met players and coaches, getting autographs and posing for pictures. And when Watt and Smith-Schuster walked over, he lit up. Watt signed his No. 90 jersey and Smith-Schuster gave him his cleats.
“This is my favorite team,” said Rockymore. “I love to watch them play. I am so happy.”
Rockymore, who said he was a fan since he was three or four years old, will also be the guest of the team at Sunday’s game against the Seahawks at Heinz Field.
“I scream when I am watching the games,” said Rockymore. “I get really excited. I can’t wait to go to the game on Sunday.”
The Steelers grant the wish of a young fan from Pittsburgh, PA