Cleveland Browns Sign Nine-year Old Boy to One-day Contract
The Cleveland Browns signed nine-year-old Dylan Sutcliffe to a one-day contract after Sutcliffe told Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana that his dream was to play football with the Browns. The signing was part of the team's First and Ten volunteering initiative. Sutcliffe was introduced this morning during a press conference with General Manager Ray Farmer and described the feeling of signing with the Browns as "awesome."
Dylan suffers from ataxia telangiectasia (A-T), a primary immunodeficiency disease that affects a number of different organs in the body. Dylan's four-year-old brother has also been diagnosed with A-T.
Dylan's day as a Brown started with a limousine ride to the Browns practice facility. He received a tour of the facility, including meeting Farmer and head coach Mike Pettine. The team set him up with a locker in the locker room and provided him with a helmet and No. 7 jersey.
Dylan, who said during his press conference that his favorite position is defensive tackle and his favorite player is Phil Taylor, got a chance to hang out with the 6'3", 335-pound lineman during the team's practice. Taylor said after practice that he first met Dylan when the team took him to Dave & Buster's a few weeks ago.