Young cancer survivor gets his wish at NFL draft T.J. Owuanibe, 14, announces the Baltimore Ravens' selection during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez/AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Young cancer survivor gets his wish at NFL draft
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T.J. Owuanibe got his wish.
 
The 14-year-old shared center stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to announce the Baltimore Ravens' top draft pick.
 
The eighth grader attends McDonogh School in Baltimore. He was diagnosed two years ago with brain cancer. He recently told Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic that he longed to join Goodell at the podium in Philadelphia when the Ravens - his favorite team - made their first-round selection.
 
And so, when Baltimore decided to take Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey with the 16th overall pick, Owuanibe jumped into action to help complete the process.
 
Wearing a gray suit, a bowtie, a light blue shirt and a very serious expression, Owuanibe nervously stood next to Goodell. The commissioner then shared the youth's background with a national audience.
 
Owuanibe stood stoically until Goodell said, "He loves the Ravens."
 
And then the boy finally smiled.
 
An instant after that, Goodell stepped aside. He let Owuanibe move behind the microphone. But it was too high. After Goodell made an adjustment to the microphone, Owuanibe pumped his fist and told football fans around the world who the Ravens picked at No. 16.
 
Owuanibe loved the Ravens long before he was diagnosed with cancer. In recent years, the teenager met with the coaching staff and several players at training camp through another nonprofit organization. It is the Casey Cares Foundation.
 
Thus, when his wish was presented to the Ravens front office, the team happily complied. Coach John Harbaugh informed T.J. that his wish has been granted.
 
T.J.'s cancer is in remission.

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What context clues give insight into how T.J. was feeling to be part of the NFL Draft?
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COMMENTS (89)
  • kadenm-bur
    5/09/2017 - 10:23 a.m.

    I think he was felt very happy because he said "the ravens were his favorite NFL team and wanted the meet them.I remember the time when I went to an nba game and met the bulls.

  • genesisj-
    5/09/2017 - 01:00 p.m.

    When T.J became part of the NFL draft, he loved it and he felt like it.

  • annakatew-bur
    5/09/2017 - 01:02 p.m.

    In the text it says that T.J. stood at the podium with a very serious face and I think that tells me is that he was nervous, but after Goodell told the audience that T.J. loved the ravens he smiled and I think that shows that he felt more comfortable and happy

  • hayleel-ste
    5/09/2017 - 01:40 p.m.

    This makes me happy to know that this young man can go through with his dream and be happy after the battle he fought.

  • leylal-bur
    5/09/2017 - 02:01 p.m.

    T.J was so happy he was nervous also about the NFL Draft.I watch the NFL Draft with my parents and love watching it.

  • edgara-bur
    5/09/2017 - 02:11 p.m.

    He was feeling happy because that was his dream was to be part of the NFL.

  • jesusa1-bur
    5/09/2017 - 02:20 p.m.

    He felt proud and excited. His parents should be amazed that there son became part of the NFL Draft.

  • CHatchett-ing
    5/09/2017 - 03:29 p.m.

    This is a good article because it is about football,and a kid. Another reason why I like this article is because I like football.

  • jasminew1-bur
    5/09/2017 - 09:44 p.m.

    There are many context clues that give insight into how T.J. was feeling to be apart of the NFL Draft. For example," Owuanibe stood stoically until Goodell said, " He loves the Ravens. And then the boy finally smiled." " Owuanibe loved the Ravens before he was diagnosed with cancer." One time I met my favorite artist Beyoncé in Downtown Atlanta and we were about to take a picture I was sooooo nervous.

  • sterlingt-
    5/10/2017 - 08:33 a.m.

    its cool to atleast get picked on the 16th round by the ravens i wouldve of been scared to and pumbed my fist

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