The Wolf Pack will take on Louisiana at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, in just two days. And while the guys are spending a lot of time practicing and taking in the bowl activities, they took a time out to visit some youngsters.
"What's your favorite team? Nevada. That's what I'm talking about!"
They might seem like typical kids, but they're also healing from various injuries and illnesses. That's why several Wolf Pack players stopped by the Children's Hospital of New Orleans to brighten their day. "We ran into a guy that said he can't play anymore because he has tumors in his leg, but he was so excited us and for us to give him the things that we did, it's just a great feeling,” says Lenny Jones, Wolf Pack Defensive End.
14-year-old Jordan Sabio has been getting treatment on his leg for six months. He says meeting these athletes meant a lot especially since football is his favorite sport. “Makes me smile because everybody that comes in here, they can make jokes, help me feel better and a happy good mood instead of being angry and mad at people."
The players made the rounds handing out Alphie bobbleheads, t-shirts, and autographed footballs. "This is kind of a way to give back to the community for allowing us to come here and play in such a great bowl game,” says Kyle Roberts, Wolf Pack Offensive Lineman.
Evan Mauer broke his arm playing football. He says he want's to play for the Pack someday and this is the first time he's met a college football player. "It was kind of exciting for me and I'm a big fan of Nevada, too. So, I hope they're going to win their bowl game this weekend. Just gotta give them all the luck they got."
While this visit is for the kids, the players say there's also something in it for them. "It gives you a second to look back and say 'Look how lucky I am to even be in this position' and I think that's really good."
Every kid we talked to said they are Pack fans and when we asked the players about it, they said "of course they are, we gave them free stuff.”
You can watch the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl between the Wolf Pack and Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns live this Saturday at 8 a.m. on ESPN.