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Hunter Crites and Nick Eason

By Todd Franko (Contact)

Published August 10, 2010

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Once in awhile in this job, you’re part of a special moment that you don’t see coming.
Monday was it.
A few friends conspired to get Hunter Crites to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ training camp. It’s his favorite team. Hunter has been a standout member of the Easter Seals kids crew, and a few months back, took his first steps without crutches through extensive therapy.
The Steelers trip was a surprise to him until he pulled into the parking lot in Latrobe, Pa. on Monday.

What was a surprise to me and the rest of us was the agenda of defensive end Nick Eason. Not surprising is the size of his heart.
Check out the photos to give you a glimpse.
It will be my Sunday story. So come back please. We'll have more pix and video.

Nick and Hunter meet




The rest of the story on Sunday ...



1piak(508 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

A dream come true for Hunter Crites. Kudos to the people who took him to Latrobe, to those who arranged this trip, to the Stiller organization for their co-operation and particularly for Nick Eason, Coach Mike Tomlin, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu for spending a few moments to make this little boy feel special. If only the "rehabilitated" Ben Rothlesberger (sic) would have been available-or maybe he was.

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2Ginger76(178 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Nothing but class.

I've heard he was a great guy...

Whatever happened to Nick Eason reporting for the Vindy anyway?

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3Nickita312(5 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

I would like to speak on behalf of the family of Hunter Crites. I am his aunt & was one of the lucky ones who got to share in this day with him. I would like to clarify to PIAK as for his comment on Ben. Hunter personally asked to meet Troy. Troy came over shook Hunter's hand, signed his ball then gave him a Steelers official football took some pics then walked away. He spent maybe a total of 10~15 minutes with Hunter. As for Ben not coming, Ben didn't see Hunter along the sidelines. As for Coach Tomlin & Hines Ward, they were still on the field & thanks to Nick Eason, Hunter was able to meet them. He pushed Hunter to any player left on the field to meet. So please don't judge the other players who Hunter didn't get to meet. Wait for Todd's article to see how special of a person Nick Eason really is. The story is of Nick & Hunter, not Ben or Mike or Hines or Troy & Hunter. I have seen such great sportsmanship from someone like Nick. So a big heartfelt thank you to Nick Eason for taking the time to show a 8 year old the best day of his life so far. You do have a big heart. Nick made me & Hunter's mom feel like he knew us if we were old friends. Believe me, I heard about the great day Hunter had with Nick the whole 2 1/2 hour car ride home. Thank also to Todd for helping with this special day. Also to James Farrior for handing Hunter a glass of Gatorade during practice. Also to the countless Steelers fans who asked an 8 year old child to sign your Steelers stuff. You all rock in my book & I can honestly say Steelers fans are the greatest.

Julie Maloy~~~Aunt Julie to Hunter

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4piak(508 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Nickitas312: Nothing hurtful was meant in my post. I think it was super that your nephew was able to enjoy this day. It gladdened me as well, to see the kindness shown him by the people who were named. These guys have class.

I'm curious why I was given this explanation about Big Ben. He is, after all, on a suspension list that Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of the NFL might shorten down to 4 weeks from the presently contemplated 6 weeks. For the sake of the Stillers, I want Big Ben to make good and be back at QB as soon as possible. At the same time, I want Ben to make the grade for his own self, as a human being, not just as a ticket for us to another Super Bowl. Because, you see, there is a life outside of and after football.

And I do wish your nephew and you the very best in life. You are good people and deserve it. God bless you.

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5Nickita312(5 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Ben was there but he never saw Hunter. He didn't really practice anywhere close to where we were standing. After they were done with practice Nick too up so much of Hunter's attention that Ben was off the field before we knew it. It was by far a great day for Hunter. He got to atleast see Ben. The more popular players are in demand so much that it's hard for them to get to everyone. Thank you for your kind words about my nephew. I will never forget the joy on his face that day.

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