Pittsburgh Steelers: Meeting childhood idols

Gabrielle Troyer, Reporter

I have met eight players that play in the NFL. My parents were season ticket holders with the Pittsburgh Steelers, so they would get emails about various camps in the summer.

I have been to eight or nine camps for the Steelers. I met DeAngelo Williams, Hines Ward, Jesse James, Ryan Shazier, Ben Roethlisberger, and James Conner. I loved going to these camps because I am a huge football and Steelers fan. People are a little jealous. The Steelers are my favorite team in the world. They mean a lot to me. I have done a lot of stuff with the Steelers. My family and I love the Pittsburgh sports teams.

The person who got me into sports was my dad. I’ve loved football ever sine I was two years old. I have been helping out the middle school and varsity teams for the past seven years. It’s something I love doing.

Meeting those players was the best thing of my life. The camps were long but not too long. The longest one I went to was the Father’s Day camp for Ben Roethlisberger, which was six hours. It was a lot of fun going and meeting my idols. They would give free food and drinks for each of the camps. We got to take pictures with the players at the start and then after the camp was over we got our pictures and autographs from the players. Those days were the best days of my life. When I met Ben I was speechless. He was my hero since was little. I got to open his camp, and I caught a pass from him.