Pierre Jackson fidgets with his left wrist, the two wristbands adorning it serving as an everyday reminder of the past and present.
One is colored darker than the other and is inscribed with the phrase Matthew Man CAN in white letters. He takes more pride in that one. He takes it off and holds it up for the curtained-off room to see, a look of satisfied remembrance on his face. The name on the wristband belongs to a five-year-old boy, Matthew, whom he met at the UNM Childrens Hospital during the teams postseason stop in Albuquerque, N.M.
I wear it every day, Jackson says.
The other is larger and louder, a vibrant purple with large block letters. This one was a gift from a student on the close-knit Baylor campus. It reads "SWAG OR DIE." Throughout the course of his fidgeting, the larger wristband often covers up the other, but its more of an overlap, the combination symbolizing something inside.
I wear it all the time, Jackson says.
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