Wish come true: Sick teen meets Seahawks' Richard Sherman
RENTON, Wash. - The last practice before the critical game between the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams was brought to a halt by a special Hawks fan Saturday.
Make-A-Wish teamed up with the Seahawks to grant 14-year-old Calin "Bubba" Turner of Puyallup his wish: to meet Seahawks' cornerback Richard Sherman.
"I still think it's a dream," said Turner. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance that I get to be out here and meet everyone."
Tuner and Sherman spent time along the sidelines visiting before and after practice. The cornerback told the teen he could ask all the questions he wanted.
This was the first time Sherman has been selected by a recipient of Make-A-Wish. The cornerback did not disappoint, as he introduced Turner to his teammates as "his guy."
"It feels good to be able to have a conversation, and inspire somebody, and hear about his story, and give him my story," said Sherman.
Sherman's story is what inspired Turner. Growing up in Compton, CA, playing for Stanford as a wide receiver, and getting selected by the Seahawks in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL draft - that's what Turner says drew him to the player.
"He's just a big inspiration to me," said Turner.
The 9th grader has big football dreams that were sidelined two years ago because of a potentially life-threating bone disease.
"It causes tumors, I've had two removed on my shoulder and two removed from head and my back, and it doesn't stop me from doing what I love," said Turner who's first love is football.
His illness forced him off the field where he's served as the football team manager at Kallas Junior High School in Puyallup. But the teen plans to try out for the variety football team next year at Puyallup High School.
Turner's dream is to one day play in the NFL.
Sunday the teen will support the Seahawks from the sidelines of the game. He also gets to share Sherman's locker where today a team jersey and with "Turner" inscribed on the back was hanging along with Sherman's number 25.
"I've been really sick, but then I've also had really good times. This is one opportunity makes everything worth going through," said Turner.