With the Sun Bowl right around the corner, Stanford and Pitt set their competitiveness aside and visited local children’s hospitals to surprise some of their young fans.
“It’s eye-opening for us to…see them, how strong they are, and their will to fight for their life every day,” Pitt linebacker Quintin Wirgins told KTSM.
One of Stanford’s NFL-bound linebackers, Bobby Okereke, says the teams want to give back to the El Paso community that has welcomed them from the start.
“We know they’re going through some tough times,” Okereke said, “That’s why we came here, to support you guys just as much as you support us.”
The teams also gave the patients stickers, footballs, and other cool gear.
Some players say they hope the lessons they’re learning on the field are some the children can also benefit from.
“You never wanna give up,” Okereke said. “Just keep fighting hard cause you never know when a breakthrough is gonna come so keep your head up.”
The 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl kicks off Monday at 12 p.m.