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HughC
05-31-2008, 11:56 AM
Steelers and Make-A-Wish team up to bring a smile to a 14 year old quadriplegic. Nice to see a story like this balance out all the Pacman Jones and Odell Thurman headlines.

Link to Full Story (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_570122.html).


With a black playbook in his hand and a perturbed look on his face, Roethlisberger said to his newest teammate, "Hey, what's going on here? We don't have time for this. We have practice. Are you ready to practice?"

"Let's go," Havens said with a smile.

The Steelers teamed up with the Make-A-Wish-Foundation to fulfill Havens' dream of being a member of the Black and Gold. His activities included a videogame session with Roethlisberger, lunch with the players and a touchdown he will never forget.

Havens' day with the team will air in late June or early July as part of ESPN's "My Wish" series.

"The smile on (Havens') face is so amazing," Roethlisberger said.

"To think his one wish is to come hang out with us is touching, because so many days we don't want to be here, and he wants to be here. It puts things in perspective. It's just awesome to be able to help him out."

At the end of the Steelers' final OTA (organized team activity) practice of the week, the coaches called Havens' number during an 11-on-11 drill.

Given the ball at the 10-yard line, he wheeled his way to the end zone behind the blocking of fullback Carey Davis, scoring a touchdown that meant nothing yet everything.