The University of Oklahoma football players took the time out of their busy Sugar Bowl preparations Monday to visit the Ochsner Children's Hospital in New Orleans.
They gave the kids OU hats, signed mini footballs and even played video games with the youngsters.
A lot of these kids are suffering from some serious illnesses and seeing the big football players brought a little relief from their pain. While the Sooners made the kids happy, it also brought the players joy to spend time with them.
Today meant a lot because a lot of these kids would rather be playing football than be in the hospital." said OU Junior Defensive Back Julian Wilson, "So really going here was more beneficial to us to let us know we can't ever take anything for granted. It touched us a lot for most of those kids to still have smiles on their faces with the adversity that they're facing meant a lot. It let us know how blessed we are to be able to do the things we do."
OU Senior offensive lineman Austin Woods has spent his fair share of time in hospitals. He battled cancer all last year and was in and out of chemo treatments while still practicing and playing for the Sooners. Today's trip to visit the kids was extra special for him.
"Just all the support I received while I was battling cancer, it really helps with the more people you have surrounding you and helping you through it." said Woods, "So it was great to get out here and puts some smiles on kids faces today."
The Sooners will face the Alabama Crimson Tide on Thursday in the Sugar Bowl. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm.