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Schwartz: Giants Punter Steve Weatherford Visits Pediatric Patients

CBS New York—October 22, 2014

For the most part, Tuesdays are off-days for NFL players.  It's a day for them to turn the page from their previous game and recharge the batteries for the next contest.  But in the case of Giants punter Steve Weatherford, his team is on its bye week and he's getting ready to take his family on a little vacation.
But that didn't stop Weatherford from making a pit stop before going to the airport.

After chatting with WFAN co-hosts Boomer & Carton in studio, he spent some time at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan to visit with pediatric patients at the Lerner Children's Pavilion, while also taking over the hospital’s Instagram account to share photos from his day.

"It was surreal," said Weatherford. "To really open all the doors in the hospital — and for me to be able to go in there and spend time with the kids, share my past and my motivation — was really a surreal experience for me. The reason that I came was to spend time with them. I definitely got a lot out of it."

Weatherford is especially enamored with Superman because he serves as a beacon of hope for people.  The man of steel might be faster than a speeding bullet, be stronger than a locomotive and have X-ray vision, but Weatherford pointed out that anybody can be a superhero.

Just his presence alone would have been uplifting for the youngsters at the hospital, but Weatherford went above and beyond during his special day in New York City.
He wasn't just a professional athlete on this visit.  Weatherford proved to be someone who all of the kids could relate to.  Whether they were fans of football, fans of superheroes or just kids looking for a reason to smile, these children had a great time with a great guy.

To these kids, Steve Weatherford truly was Superman.

Read full article at CBS New York.


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