St. Jude Cancer Patient To Announce First Round NFL Draft Pick
Matt Barkley took time out of his NFL Draft preparation to talk with Outkick the Coverage about his day at St. Jude, "The research they've been doing with cancer and other diseases, it's unbelievable," Barkley said, "And to see the actual healing that's going on with kids and to see how joyful these kids are knowing that a cure's in sight, it's been very encouraging."
Asked what it will be like when a patient at St. Jude announces a first round draft pick for the first time ever, Barkley said, "It's so cool, I actually got to meet him today, a young guy by the name of Markell, and he is just a fireball of passion and going to be a superstar if he's not already. Just to hear his story and how positive he is, it's been so rough. He still has such a great outlook on life. It really gives you a perspective and makes you thankful for what you have."
Barkley, whose draft stock is unclear, joked that he'd told Markell, "If you get a tipoff, let me know beforehand so I'm not surprised."
Come Thursday evening when Markell takes the stage and announces a first round pick, this will be a truly special moment.
Matt Barkley tosses a football with a patient at St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Bama's Barrett Jones during his tour at the hospital.