14-year-old cancer survivor to announce Ravens' 1st pick
Apr 28 2017
Onwuanibe was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2015, and underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatment.
Alabama Crimson Tide cornerback Marlon Humphrey reached two College Football Playoff national championship games and will continue his football career in the NFL after the Baltimore Ravens drafted him with the No. 16 overall pick Thursday.
Thus, when his wish was presented to the Ravens front office, the team happily complied.
Fourteen-year-old T.J. Onwuanibe got his wish. With help from the Ravens, T.J.'s wish has been granted.
Casey Cares provides uplifting activities for families with critically ill children. A former state champion track athlete at Hoover High, Humphrey has the frame and athleticism to be a front-line corner at the next level, but will need a bit of seasoning as a lock-down option after struggling some last season in man-to-man coverage against elite receivers.
Owuanibe stood stoically until Goodell said, "He loves the Ravens".
The opportunity was presented to him by Ravens' head coach John Harbaugh at a school assembly, and made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Ravens. "But that all changed with the diagnosis of cancer". "This guy can pass rush, he's got great initial quickness, he's smart, he's instinctive ... so this guy will be a dominant player I think, and he'll do a great job of representing the community as well".
Allen, Howard and Humphrey are among several Tide players who were expected to be picked on the first day of the 2017 draft, including Foster and offensive tackle Cam Robinson. "We are grateful to have passionate fans like T.J., and his involvement will make this year's draft experience even more memorable".