Nine-year-old Dylan might be the Cleveland Browns’ biggest fan. The joy he gets from cheering on his team is something he looks forward to every week.
Battling Ataxia-telangiectasia, a rare genetic disorder, Dylan was inspired by his love for his favorite team and wished to be a Cleveland Browns player for a day. Back in June, the Browns made history by signing the youngest draft pick of all time, our very own nine-year-old wish kid Dylan.
Dylan arrived to the Browns practice facility in a limousine, where he was greeted with a warm welcome from the Cleveland Browns staff. Dylan kicked off his day at the Browns facility by meeting General Manager, Ray Farmer, who helped him sign his official one-day contract. Farmer spent time with Dylan reviewing film and notes to prepare him for his private coaching session with Head Coach, Mike Pettine. Dylan then had a press conference in the spotlight of local media to announce his official signing. When Dylan was on the team’s podium, he said, “I think it’s awesome.”
Dylan received a VIP tour of the practice facility, where he visited the team locker room and was even given his very own locker, right next to Joe Haden! Dylan’s locker was filled with Browns gear and his very own personalized jersey, sporting his favorite number #7. The excitement continued when he geared up to join his new teammates on the field for practice.
Dylan was brought out to the practice field, where the whole team was warming up. He and his family watched from the sidelines, and players ran over to give him fist bumps and high fives and to talk to him about his day. And just when he thought this day couldn’t get any better, Dylan’s favorite player of all time, Phil Taylor, took him aside for a one-on-one conversation and to let him know it was time for both of them to get in the game.
With the support of his teammates, Dylan led the team to a touchdown and was lifted up by Taylor in the center of the team huddle. There wasn’t a dry eye or a face not smiling as Dylan was celebrated like the MVP he is every single day.
This day was a dream come true for Dylan and his family. His experience with the Browns is something that will give him strength in his battle with his life-threatening condition and make him smile every Sunday as he cheers for his ‘former team.’
Read ESPN's story on Dylan's wish.