Pittsburgh – The Steelers’ third preseason game saw more than 45,000 fans congregate at Heinz Field. Although not at full capacity, Ben Roethlisberger has made it known he is delighted to be playing in front of a large crowd again. And while he was happy to see all the Steelers fans in attendance, there was one group that probably made the 38-year-old future Hall of Famer very happy to see.
Members of the Freeport High School football team were in the stands wearing their new jerseys, jerseys purchased by Roethlisberger in response to a “Make a Wish” request from Garrett King, the team’s quarterback whose greatest victory came when he overcame cancer.
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Roethlisberger surprised the team by delivering the uniforms to them in person a few weeks ago. He then offered words of praise about King and his decision to use his wish on the whole team, not just himself.
“Most people, when they make a wish, can wish just about anything, and they’re still thinking about themselves,” Roethlisberger said. “The fact that he thought of all of you first, I think that says a lot about your leader, your quarterback. I couldn’t be more proud of you and your experience as a leader for this group. And guys, I hope you realize what you got in terms of a leader and a quarterback here. “
Roethlisberger also gave King a copy of Phil Knight’s memoir “Shoe Dog” and a pair of shoes signed by the founder of Nike. Not only did King request the new uniforms for his team, he also helped Nike design them.