Safety Troy Polamalu made a day at training camp special for 11-year old Teddy Theys, who got to meet his favorite Steelers player and many others thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Theys attended one of the team’s morning practices, receiving a personal welcome from Coach Mike Tomlin before meeting Polamalu and hanging out with him on the practice field.
“I like the Steelers and they are my favorite team,” said a shy Theys, who learned his wish was coming true just hours before it happened. “I liked them since I was a little boy. Troy is really good and he has long hair which I like.”
Theys, who has hypoplastic left heart syndrome, isn’t allowed to play football but is still an active young boy.
“This meant the world,” said his father Robert Theys from Portage, Pa. “This is his dream and it lifts his spirits. He realizes he can do anything he wants with his heart problems. They are giving him the strength to keep on going through it and go forward. I just can’t explain how it’s going to help him and give him the strength to keep on going.”
In addition to meeting Polamalu, Theys also met Brett Keisel and Ben Roethlisberger on the field, and then the rest of the players once practice ended.
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