Off field, Longhorns win hearts of Dell Children's patients

AUSTIN - Following two wins at the start of their season, University of Texas football players scored another touchdown Monday.

But it wasn’t on the field at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium. It was in a hospital room at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Several children whose current home is at Dell Children’s got a break from the monotony of life inside a hospital room to meet some of their heroes: Defensive end David Gonzalez and wide receiver Ty Templin of the Texas Longhorns.

While some held up “burnt orange” crayons to the players who then signed sheets of paper, most wanted to capture the memory with a photo or selfie.

The mother of one patient who has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis showed Gonzalez photos of her boy playing baseball and football just like him. When KVUE’s Stacy Slayden asked him if he wanted to be big and strong like him one day, he said, “Yes ma’am.”



Monday’s visit is something the team has been doing for nearly a decade, typically on the Fridays of home games.

It’s another win for a winning Texas team. And with each victory, the hospital’s tower will shine orange along with the UT Tower in an effort to return the kindness.




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