Cleveland Browns Sign Nine Year-Old with Rare Disease to One Day Contract
The Cleveland Browns signed nine-year old Dylan Sutcliffe to a one-day defensive lineman contract on June 9, 2012. Sutcliffe was born with a rare immunodeficiency disease that affects a number of different organs in his body.
General Manager Ray Farmer unveiled a personal jersey for Sutcliffe and contract as he attended the team’s off-season practice and even dressed next to Joe Haden.
Dylan held a press conference and made an announcement to the press, speaking of his lifelong love of the franchise, the city of Cleveland and how it feels to be the youngest member of the team. His wish has been granted and he couldn’t be happier!
The team was celebrating its first year anniversary of its “First and Ten” Volunteering initiative. The Lyndhurst, Ohio native was accompanied to the Browns facility in a limo by his parents Derek and Jenifer, grandparents Denis and Mary and his four year-old brother Sean, who has also been diagnosed with A-T (his same disease).
Major kudos to the Cleveland Browns for making Dylan’s dreams come true!