A month ago, Phil B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star introduced the world to Mr. Danny Webber, a diehard 74-year-old Colts fan suffering from terminal prostate cancer. One of Mr. Webber's last wishes was to attend a Colts game, which he was able to do back in Week Three of this year.
"It’s a highlight of my life."
This week, Showtime's Inside The NFL did a piece on Mr. Webber's experience at that game. Unless your heart if made of coal, it's a segment that will definitely make you laugh, cry, and, most importantly, appreciate how this game can touch and inspire people in many ways.
The part that had me visibly crying at my desk (yes, actual tears) was when Mr. Webber arrived at the stadium and was informed that he'd get a chance to go down to the field and meet quarterback Andrew Luck. Meeting Luck was also on Mr. Webber's list, and the former Navy Seabee - who'd been rooting for the Colts since John Unitas was their quarterback - got his wish granted.
When Luck introduced himself, Mr. Webber told him:
You're the greatest football player the Colts will ever have.
High praise from someone who witnessed Unitas, Bert Jones, and Peyton Manning in their primes. Mr. Webber cried when Luck presented him with an autographed football.
An especially interesting moment in the video is when Colts head coach Chuck Pagano walked over to Mr. Webber and his friends and told Webber he was an inspiration for everyone. Obviously, this was shot before Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and forced to take a leave of absence from the team while undergoing treatments.
Keep the tissues nearby as you watch this. Special thanks to Peter Schrager, Senior National Writer for FoxSports.com, for sending me this video.