Teen Patient Hopes for A&M Chick-Fil-A Bowl Seats

By: David Norris Email
By: David Norris Email

ATLANTA Cole Croteau, a teenage patient at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, says he loves two things, Football and Texas A&M University.

That's why A&M's visit to the Children's hospital Friday meant so much to him.

"Oh, it was amazing," said Croteau.

Cole has Cystic Fibrosis. He thought he'd be home for Christmas this year, but his sickness had other plans.

"I got lifelighted up here Christmas Eve night because of breathing problems, so I had to spend Christmas in here," said Croteau.

The hospital visit is one of many events for the team as they prepare for the big New Year's Eve Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

"You don't know. You never know who you impact, you never know what's going to happen," said Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin.

Sumlin said it's nice to see a different side of his team.

"These guys, you see them in helmets, and being mean with stuff under their eyes. And the way they are with these children is really touching," said Sumlin.

As for Croteau, he says there's one thing he's working hard for.

"Hopefully getting out Monday, and trying to go to the game," said Croteau. "I just know they're going to win."

No matter what happens, Croteau said he'll never forget the day the Aggies came to visit him in the hospital. He said even if he doesn't make it to the game, he'll be watching on TV and cheering his favorite team on no matter where he may be.

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