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Huskers visit area hospitals before Thanksgiving

Posted by: Marlenia Thornton

The Nebraska football team is kicking off the holidays in a special way.

Some players spent Wednesday morning at CHI Health St. Elizabeth.

Their first stop was the NICU.

The babies were decked out in their best big red gear before Friday’s game against Iowa.

The Huskers even held a few of them.

“I get really scared about it. It's weird because I can catch a football pretty well and hold on to that, but I get real nervous about a baby,” NU Wide Receiver Jordan Westerkamp said.

The team visits various hospitals around the city as part of an annual tradition.

They popped into some rooms of new parents like Carson.

His mother, Tiffany Dryden, gave birth to him about two hours before the guys came.

"It was fun. It's nice that they take the time out of their day to come visit patients that are in the hospital,” New Mother Tiffany Dryden said.

"It’s amazing to me because I come from a small family and it's amazing to see how much of an impact you can have on people's faces,” NU Defensive Back Marquel Dismuke said.

Aside from holding babies, the Huskers took some time to sign autographs and hang out with staff.

This past year has been a rough and emotional one for the team.

The players said they really enjoy moments like these.

"it's great to get out and be able to do something like this and kind of raise your morale and smiles and put smiles on other people's faces it's a great feeling,” Westerkamp said. 

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