All Zach Dacy ever wanted to do was sack a quarterback.
Dacy, a 5-year-old battling Leukemia, is a big Green Bay Packers fan and loves linebacker Clay Matthews. And while he didn’t get to live out that fantasy when he visited the Packers via the Make A Wish Foundation last year, his father and Northern Illinois did give him a shot at Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch.
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Dacy’s parents, Joe and Jen, are both Northern Illinois grads and in the summer, Joe contacted the NIU athletic department to let them know the family wanted to attend a game.
Kyle Skarb, an assistant athletic director of development, provided the family with tickets to the season opener against Eastern Illinois and a chance to attend a Huskie practice.
The family, which included Dacy’s 7-year-old brother, Coen, came to a practice on Sept. 19, two days before the game, and that’s when Dacy got to test out his tackling skills thanks to head coach Rod Carey.