Joey Hartkapp, a 15-year-old Colorado Springs, Colo. native, had the opportunity of a lifetime to meet his hero, Jaguars running back Fred Taylor, and the other members of his favorite team when he attended the Jaguars practice today.
The Jaguars, Tom and Judy Coughlin and the Make-A-Wish Foundation made it possible for Hartkapp and his mother, Sally, to attend practice and meet the team. Joey had previously had a cancerous brain tumor removed and had finished chemotherapy before his visit.
On Monday, Joey attended the airing of "The Jaguars Endzone" at Sneakers Sports Grill and got to meet Taylor and talk with him for 40 minutes. During the visit Taylor promised to send him his touchdown ball from this year's Kansas City game. His admiration with Taylor began a few years ago when Taylor was the Jacksonville spokesman for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society from 1999 to 2000.
After his meeting with the Jaguars today, Joey and his mother head to Tampa Bay to see the Buccaneers face the Carolina Panthers, his second and third favorite teams. They will return home to Colorado on Monday.