A few UNL football players were busy Friday lifting the spirits of a special teenager. Dawson Cox has been following the Huskers for quite some time, and finally got his wish to meet some of his favorite athletes.
Dawson is dying of leukemia, and has been battling it for the past year and half.
His family calls him "Awesome Dawson" because they said he's been a trooper throughout this entire journey.
Last month he got to throw out the first pitch at a Salt Dogs game, and Friday, his dream to meet some of the Husker stars came true.
"I had gotten a t–shirt signed by all of the football players but I wanted to meet some of them," Dawson said. "So it was really great to meet them, it was definitely a lot of fun."
With Husker kickoff this weekend, the players have certainly been on the go. But instead of hitting the field Friday morning, they made it their priority to visit Dawson.
"We just try to be there for them," UNL football player Jeremiah Sirles said. "Try to get them to open up a little bit, and get them to talk to us about life or anything."
That's exactly what they did. The Huskers talked with Dawson about video games, zombies and girls. It was a typical conversation for a 14-year-old boy.
Of course, plenty of Husker gear was signed for Dawson, too.
Although Dawson may be one of the Husker's biggest fans, he said this day wouldn't mean anything without his biggest fans there with him.
"Getting to share this entire experience with my entire family, not just myself," Dawson said.
Dawson said he's very excited for opening day Saturday. He'll be watching the game with his mom and sisters, and rooting for that win.