Dream comes true for Jaguar fan battling illnesses
Andrew Motley, 15, made official Jaguar, leads Prowl
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars scrimmage brought thousands of fans to EverBank Field Friday, but for one local teen, the night was a dream come true.
Thanks to Dreams Come True and the Jaguars, 15-year-old Andrew Motley got to lead the Prowl through the tunnel and take the field with the team.
Andrew is battling cerebral palsy and brachial pulmonary disease, which have made some days tough on him.
Dreams Come True and the Jaguars teamed up and had Andrew sign a contract Thursday to become an official Jacksonville Jaguar; something his mother, Rhonda, said was such a blessing.
"I am over the moon, because Andrew was born at 1 pound 2.4 ounces, less than a 2-pound bag of sugar," Rhonda said. "He could fit in the palm of your hand and his dad's wedding band fit all the way up his arm when he was little. The doctors told us that he wouldn't make it through the night."
Andrew is a registered minister and plays football at Sandalwood High School.
After his pre-scrimmage pep talk, it sounded like Andrew had the potential to be an amazing coach, as well.
"I need to see some intensity out there tonight, boys, let's get it. Let's show the Green Bay Packers who we are now so they'll get a picture of it then," Andrew said. "Let's blow them out."
Andrew gives this type of motivation every day to his father.
"He's my strength," Andrew's father said. "I carry a picture of him in my pocket at work. Anytime I glance at it, it reminds me of the things that have happened to many kids that have his condition. They're not doing the things Andrew is doing."
Andrew's little brother Kaleb was also able to share the past two days of fun and excitement with him.
Andrew's advice to his fellow teenagers is to be confident, humble and true to yourself and to do what you love.
Thank you, Dreams Come True and the Jacksonville Jaguars, for making Andrew have such a special time.
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