The Arizona Cardinals’ rookies visited Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona on Wednesday and used their music talents to lift up the spirits of a young patient named Bethany. The Cardinals’ rookies (specifically Padric Scott, Jamaal Johnson-Webb, Earl Watford, Dan Giordano and Jonathan Cooper) joined Bethany, who was recovering from having her appendix removed, for a rendition of a Taylor Swift song and the result was wonderful. The Cardinals organization sent 25 players overall to the hospital and they spent the day meeting with patients and doing what they could to spread some joy.
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It was also one of the first times they saw each other in a non-football capacity, and with the severity of the illnesses awaiting them at the hospital, many players saw a side of their teammates they won’t see often.
“We are able to see each other outside of being competitive and being those tough guys,” defensive back Tyrann Mathieu said. “We kinda see people break down and kinda really see people show their hearts.”
“It’s definitely heartfelt to see what these kids go through, to see them struggle to get back to going to school and be around their friends,” Mathieu said. “Just to see those guys’ ambition and their determination to keep fighting through it, that’s what’s kinda making my day right now.”