NFL draft: Blind teenage Ravens fan becomes first to read draft card in Braille

·Yahoo Sports Columnist

There’s been a good deal of history made so far in the 2019 NFL draft, starting from the No. 1 pick, Kyler Murray, who is the first person to be a first-round draft pick in both the NFL and Major League Baseball.

But the history continued on Saturday with one amazing young fan.

Mo Gaba, a 13-year old Baltimore Ravens fan, became the first player ever to read a draft card written in Braille when he announced the Ravens’ pick at No. 123.

Reading in a loud, clear voice, Gaba told the world that Baltimore had selected offensive lineman Bennett Powers from Oklahoma — if we’re being honest, he did a lot better than most of the people who get a turn to read a pick.

You can see the video above.

Ravens fan Mo Gaba, shown here at a Baltimore Orioles game, became the first person to read an NFL draft card written in Braille on Saturday. (Getty Images)
Ravens fan Mo Gaba, shown here at a Baltimore Orioles game, became the first person to read an NFL draft card written in Braille on Saturday. (Getty Images)

Baltimore coach John Harbaugh invited Gaba to announce the pick earlier in the week. Gaba is a frequent caller to Baltimore’s 98 Rock, the Ravens’ radio home, and was surprised to hear Harbaugh on the other line when he called.

After finding out that Gaba’s favorite subject in school is math, Harbaugh made the ask.

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“Really? I’ve never done that before. I would like to do that, yeah!,” the teenager said when Harbaugh made the offer.

When Harbaugh noted that he’d be the first ever to read a pick in Braille, he said, “Wow!”

Gaba, who lives in Glen Burnie, Maryland, has been blind since he was a baby and is currently battling cancer for the fourth time in his young life. There is a GoFundMe page to help his family with expenses tied to his treatment.

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