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8-Year-Old Gets Birthday Wish, Includes Red Raiders

Soon to be 8 years old, Jack Williams eats, sleeps, and breathes football.

"I want to be quarterback. I want to be number 11," he said.

The position and number are not arbitrary. They belong to Jack's idol: a certain red raider, who would make a special appearance today at Jack's birthday party.

Oh, the moments were tense and exciting, when there came a knock at the door.

In stepped Jack's favorite players -- Quarterback Josh Hill and his younger brother, Preston, who's expected to be next year's starting quarterback.

"He'll go around talking about how he wants to be number 11," Susan, Jack's mother, said. "He cuts Josh's pictures out."

From the cake to the cups and plates to the balloons, everything screamed Raider football. And so did the presents.

"Thank you, Daddy," Jack said, after receiving a red T-shirt with the number 11 and "Future REL Quarterback" on it, plus a state championship shirt autographed by the Hills.

Jack can also add a special football to his collection, one that's signed by both Josh and Preston.

"I just put myself in his shoes and I understand that when I was his age, I always wanted to be a Robert E. Lee football player, too," Josh said.

For Jack, that dream came true in a small way today, when he took the Raiders out back to throw the ball.

"It seemed like they were really on my team and I was really a varsity player," Jack said.

"I think he can probably just start right now," Josh said. "He's got a better arm than me. I think it's not only made his day, but it's also made my day."

"It's the best party I've ever had," Jack said.

Jack's parents support his dreams of being a varsity football player, but they say his education comes first.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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