The world was at Brandon Jackson’s disposal.
His wish became a command as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s program. So what did the 14-year-old from Federal Way want? To attend a Seahawks practice and meet quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
That wish came true Friday, and then some.
“It’s really, really cool,” Jackson said in the locker room.
The cool treatment began when Jackson and his parents arrived at the Seahawks headquarters, where a VIP parking space awaited them. They then watched practice – with Brandon wearing his own No. 8 jersey with Jackson on the back. Afterward the players filed by, thanking Brandon for coming out. Some even gave him their gloves and later autographed them.
Then, it was time to visit the locker room, where Jackson had his own locker – right next to Hasselbeck’s. He later had lunch with Hasselbeck in the team cafeteria.
Why the Seahawks, and that one player in particular?
“Because I wanted to meet Matt Hasselbeck and all the players,” he said. “Matt is my favorite player and he’s a great quarterback.”
Hasselbeck now has a new No. 1 fan. Jackson suffered a stroke during open-heart surgery as a baby that left him with several physical disabilities.
“It’s absolutely humbling,” said Hasselbeck, who did not practice because of the fractured rib he got in last week’s game against the 49ers in San Francisco. “Suddenly, my ribs don’t hurt nearly as much. You know?
“This is really a cool thing, and the Seahawks do an awesome job of giving the Make-A-Wish kids an incredible experience.”
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