Following Saturday afternoon’s practice at Barry University, a group of approximately 15 Northern Illinois University football players, along with head coach Rod Carey, visited Baptist Children’s Hospital in Miami.
Huskie players included quarterbacks Jordan Lynch, Drew Hare and Matt Williams, offensive lineman Logan Pegram, defensive lineman Nabal Jefferson and George Rainey, cornerback Rashaan Melvin and receiver Juwan Brescacin.
Children’s Life specialists escorted the players, who brought gift bags for the children, to various rooms. The kids were thrilled to have a visit and meet the Huskies, promising to watch the game and look for numbers 6, 82, 11, 99 and more.
“This isn’t something we do for our team; this is about the kids,” Carey said as the NIU team left the hospital after the hour-long visit. “I have two kids, and this is something we want to do and something we need to do. It’s extremely important.”
“It was real fun seeing the kids, talking to them for a minute and visiting with them,” said defensive tackle Nabal Jefferson.”It was awesome to kind of brighten their day.”