by: John Knicely Updated:RENTON, Wash. —
The Seahawks got some extra inspiration Saturday as they prepared for their game against the St. Louis Rams. Calin "Bubba," a 14-year-old fighting a life threatening disease, stopped by practice with the help of Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Bubba got a limo ride from his home in Puyallup to the Seahawks' training facility in Renton. His dad and brother joined him for a tour of the VMAC.
“I'm in shock,” Bubba said as he surveyed the outdoor practice field. “I can't tell if this is real.”
When he got to the indoor practice field, the Seahawks players started showing up for practice.
Many players, like All-Pro tackle Russell Okung, went out of their way to give Bubba a hug.
“God bless you brother,” said Okung, who talked to Bubba about playing on the offensive line since Bubba plays center.
Bubba had to sit out from football this past year as he battled a life threatening bone disease.
“Since I couldn't play this year I was a manager and I still learned a lot,” said Bubba. “And (I'm) hoping to play for my high school next year.”
He got a hug from All-Pro quarterback Russell Wilson and several others. Then Bubba saw the player who his wish centered on: outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman. Bubba likes Sherman’s gritty play and enjoys his trash talking.
“He's my inspiration to keep working hard, and keep working at my best and never give up,” said Bubba.
Sherman and Bubba chatted for several minutes about everything from their mutual love for sneakers to their favorite foods.
“It is inspiring to see everything he goes through,” said Sherman. “And to see him keep a positive attitude and keep fighting.”
Saturday was day one of the wish. Bubba will be on the field before the game Sunday and in the stands as the Hawks try to wrap up the NFC West title. And head coach Pete Carroll had an important question about that.
“What score are you predicting for us?” asked Carroll.
“21-3,” said Bubba.
“OK, I like that,” said Carroll as Sherman chimed in “Defense!”