Sabrina Briley might live deep in the heart of Texas, but the 16-year old from El Paso loves the Steelers and on Friday thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation she had a chance to meet some of her favorite Steelers’ players – including Troy Polamalu and Ben Roethlisberger.
After the team’s practice the players took time to visit with her, sign autographs and pose for pictures, bringing a huge smile that might not go away for a long time.
“Every since I was little I liked the Steelers,” said Briley, who learned her wish was granted courtesy of a video from Roethlisberger. “I really like Troy. He is a very good and fast player. He is very nice. This is so much fun. I always dreamt of meeting him and now I am here and it’s exciting. I gave him a hug as soon as I met him. It’s way more than I imaged.”
Shortly after the visit Roethlisberger presented Judith Stone, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish, with a $25,000 donation from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Golf Outing, representing enough money to grant more than six wishes.
“It’s no secret how much the kids mean to me,” said Roethlisberger. “When someone has a wish and they want to spend it with the Steelers that touches you and is special. For us to be able to do this and be able to have six kid’s wishes come true is awesome. Being there to meet them, shake their hand, sign an autograph means a lot to me.”
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