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 at McDonogh School in Baltimore 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, who 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 and let Owuanibe move behind the microphone, which 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, 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 now 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 (13)
  • matthewm10152013-
    5/09/2017 - 08:35 a.m.

    im glad that he got his wish

  • saraip-
    5/09/2017 - 08:37 a.m.

    TJ felt really good to be into the NFL Draft.

  • etomia-bur
    5/09/2017 - 10:21 a.m.

    The clues told us that T.J loved the ravens and he wanted to be in the NFL draft.

    I liked that this a dream come true for T.J.

  • alexd1-bur
    5/09/2017 - 02:07 p.m.

    You can tell that he was very happy when he was at the podium. He was nervous at first but he finally gave a smile. You could tell he was very exciting because of how he loved the ravens for many years. He would of course be finally be happy to see the football team he looked up to after so many years!

  • SWoodson17
    5/10/2017 - 09:49 a.m.

    The clues let us know that T.J feels great to be apart of the NFL Draft. This lets us know that T.J loves the ravens football team.

  • kaylae-
    5/11/2017 - 01:01 p.m.

    told us that TJ loved the raven and felt passionate about it and became part of the NFL draft

  • solomonm-bur
    5/15/2017 - 02:04 p.m.

    The passage said he loved the ravens, so he probably felt like he was on cloud 9 or he must have been very excited.

  • jasonm65716-
    5/16/2017 - 08:17 a.m.

    3 facts about this article are
    .Cancer cant stop anyone from there dreams
    .Brain cancer is really dangerous and can cause death
    .The NFL is really nice for having this kid go on stage for a pick

    2 questions about this article
    .How proud is his family after this wonderful moment?
    .What made T.J love football so much?

    1 opinion about this article
    .I think football is the best sport in America because how kind and willing they are to let kids that had a rough time and making there dream come through.

  • joshuam51106-
    5/16/2017 - 08:25 a.m.

    3 Facts
    -T.J. had gotten brain cancer two years ago.
    -He announced the Baltimore Ravens top draft pick.
    -T.J. loved the Ravens before he got diagnosed with brain cancer.
    2 questions
    -How many Raven games did he go?
    -Did he get to meet every raven on the team.
    1 opinion
    -He is a strong survivor and he's fighting to cure the cancer.

  • Meganm-dav
    8/28/2017 - 09:19 a.m.


    In response to "Young cancer survivor gets his wish at NFL draft," I agree that TJ should of been able to get his wish sense he had cancer. One reason I agree is that kids should get something good out of a terrible disaster. Another reason is that he is young and should remember these things in case he dies from cancer. It says in the article that he got to call the Ravens first round pick, a cornerback from Alabama. I think that it is a memory that he will not forget.

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