Baltimore Ravens invite local Make-A-Wish teen to announce first-round pick at NFL Draft
BALTIMORE (WJLA) - The Baltimore Ravens are making a special addition to the NFL Draft this week. And it is not just the players they are selecting over the weekend.
T.J. Onwuanibe is a 14-year-old student at McDonogh School in Owings Mills who had been diagnosed with brain cancer and wished to announce the Ravens' first pick in the draft. According to ESPN, Onwuanibe's cancer is in remission after he was first diagnosed in 2015.
On Friday, on a stage in front of a crowd of his fellow students, Onwuanibe learned that the Ravens and Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic were going to make his wish come true in a special video message from Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.
This is what Harbaugh had to say to Onwuanibe:
"Hi, T.J. Coach Harbaugh of the Ravens here with some exciting news to share with you. I heard that you asked Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic to send you to the NFL Draft, and your wish is to announce the Ravens' first pick. Well, great news. Next week, your wish will be granted in Philadelphia at the draft. How about that! We're all thrilled for you! We're proud to have you call out that first draft name for the Baltimore Ravens. Have a great wish, T.J. Have a great day. We love you."
The crowd burst into applause and then Ravens cheerleaders and the Ravens' mascot Poe ran into the auditorium and joined the overjoyed Onwuanibe on stage.
Barring any trades, Onwuanibe will announce the Ravens' first-round pick, 16th overall, on Thursday night, a duty usually reserved for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.