When you see Robert Griffin III wearing a gray wristband this season, understand that there's an important meaning behind it.
For Griffin it will be a subtle and constant gesture to the family of Ne'Vaeh Littleton, an 8-year-old boy who died of brain cancer last Friday, only a few days before he was supposed to go to a Redskins practice and meet the quarterback.
Griffin posted an Instagram picture of the boy's family, who came to practice Tuesday, and a heartfelt message about Ne'Vaeh, including the pledge to wear the wristband and dedicate his first touchdown of the season to him.
"Had some special guests at practice today!" Griffin wrote on his Instagram page. "Check it out... On April 22, 2013, Ne'Vaeh, an eight year old-high energy little boy, had his world turned upside down. Ne'Vaeh was diagnosed with a very rare brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) and soon found out he was in Stage 4 of it. Incurable. Instead of shutting down, this young gift from God and his family continued to live life to the fullest and raise awareness for DIPG. Last Week I was told that Ne'Vaeh was a huge Redskins fan and I was his favorite player. So we invited him to come check out practice and meet everybody. That practice was today.... I received a call yesterday informing me that Ne'Vaeh had been called up to heaven on Friday... Ne'Vaeh's family came to practice in his honor and as I begin to express my sadness for his passing I was stopped. They told me he was no longer suffering and in a better place. They gave me the band you see at the bottom of this picture and I made a promise. I promise you Ne'Vaeh that I will wear this band all season and dedicate our first touchdown in your honor. #WalkingByFaithWithNeVaeh"
Griffin has been one of the most popular players in the NFL since he arrived, and he has done many things like this to represent the Redskins franchise very well.
Ne'Vaeh suffered from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a rare type of brain cancer. He got a brush with some of his sports heroes last October when he was the courtside guest of Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder for a game, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Ne'Vaeh didn't get to meet Griffin on Tuesday, but the Redskins quarterback will do his best to honor the little boy who died too soon.
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