Posted October 06, 2011 on AP on Fox
Brad Meester hopes to be at midfield for Sunday's coin toss. The Jacksonville Jaguars center wants a close-up view of what's sure to be a memorable moment. Meester's buddy, 6-year-old Luke Akerstrom, will walk -- maybe even run -- to the middle of the field and serve as an honorary captain against the Cincinnati Bengals. No matter how he gets there, it will be the latest step in a journey that has been far from ordinary. Luke suffered a 35-minute seizure on Dec. 31, 2010, and was diagnosed with a rare form of encephalitis. He lost important cells that control motor function and didn't move his legs for six months. He spent four months in the hospital, where Meester, his wife and their four daughters became some of Luke's regular visitors. Jaguars general manager Gene Smith, head athletic trainer Mike Ryan, communications manager Ryan Robinson, two cheerleaders and the team mascot also stopped by. So did Denver Broncos quarterback (and former Florida Gators star) Tim Tebow and ev...
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