An exciting day for a special teen

December 28, 2012 by Teresa Varley


Kobe Payton probably never imaged he would catch a pass from an NFL quarterback, but that is exactly what he did on Friday afternoon when Ben Roethlisberger threw a football to the 14-year old from Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Payton, who has battled myxoid liposacoma, a form of cancer that attacks the tissue, was at the team’s practice through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and afterwards met players and coaches and caught the pass from Roethlisberger.

“I am losing my mind. I lost my mind like three times,” said Payton. “When Troy Polamalu and Mike Wallace came and shook my hand, I almost cried. I was so scared too.”

Payton, along with his mom, aunt and cousin, will also attend the Steelers-Browns game at Heinz Field on Sunday.

“This is really big to me,” said Payton. “It’s crazy and unreal. I am so excited.

“I didn’t think I was going to meet everybody, but I have met everybody. This is crazy.”

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