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Youngster gets wish to see America's Team
by Steve Beavers
Oct 14, 2013 | 6 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nicky Jackson (middle) had his dream granted through Make-A-Wish Mid-South. Jackson has also wanted to see the Dallas Cowboys play in Texas. He and family made the trip where he and older brother Billy Ray (left) had their photo made with Dallas QB Tony Romo following a practice.
Nicky Jackson (middle) had his dream granted through Make-A-Wish Mid-South. Jackson has also wanted to see the Dallas Cowboys play in Texas. He and family made the trip where he and older brother Billy Ray (left) had their photo made with Dallas QB Tony Romo following a practice.
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Nicky Jackson is now a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

The 11-year-old has the NFL contract to prove it.

Make-A-Wish Mid-South made the Alcorn Central Middle School sixth grader's dream come true last week in Texas. He and his family received VIP treatment during their four days in Big D.

"The time and effort put into all of that was amazing," said Jackson's father, James. "It was all about Nicky."

The Jackson 4 of Nicky, James, mom Caryn and older brother Billy Ray made the trip to see America's Team take on the undefeated Denver Broncos on Oct. 6.

"He has wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy all of his life," said his father. "Make-A-Wish and the Cowboys made that possible."

While in Dallas, the Jacksons toured Valley Ranch, the practice facility of the Cowboys, where they met Cowboys' QB Tony Romo. Romo presented the youngster with three autographed jerseys and four signed hats. Former Dallas QB and Hall of Famer Roger Staubach sent Nicky an autographed jersey and action figure.

Nicky's photo also graced a replica cover of the team's Star Magazine. Even team owner Jerry Jones got into the act on game day. Jones came down to the field to meet Nicky during pre-game and let the 11-year-old try on one of his Super Bowl rings.

"Those guys didn't act any different than you and I," said James. "The greatest thing in the world was it was all about my kids."

Nicky's grandmother. Jo Counce, convinced Nicky the family was going to a play involving football before the surprise was revealed on a Monday.

"It took me 30 minutes to convince him we were going to the play for mine and Bill's wedding anniversary," she said.

The 11-year-old still had apprehensions about going to a play.

"He didn't want to go because it was on a school day and he doesn't like to miss school," added Counce.

Once in Dallas, the star was shining on Nicky. Romo gave him his very own jersey with his name on the back. On Sunday, he received more items such as an official NFL football and receiver gloves.

"It was great to be part of it," said Billy Ray, who was allowed to break down things following a practice at Valley Ranch. "There are a lot of players who I look at as role models and it was great to be able to meet them."

Nicky has always wanted to see the Cowboys play in Dallas. He and his late uncle, Brad, would often talk about making the trip someday.

"Brad lived in Texas at one time told Nicky they would go one day," said his father.

"Brad was a 110 percent Dallas fan just like Nicky," added Counce.

When the day came to go AT&T Stadium, the Jacksons remembered Brad by bringing back an autographed hat in his memory.

"From the time we got there, we were treated like VIPs," said the father. "Everyone was so nice."

Nicky has been diagnosed with Neurological Degenerative Disease. The disease affects all the muscles in his body and hampers his movement and speech.

"Sports is his thing," said Counce. "He can tell you about every player and stat."

Just getting a chance to see his favorite team in person has kept a smile on his face for a week. While watching Texas and Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry on television Saturday, Nicky had one of his Romo jerseys on.

He was still basking from meeting players such as Dez Bryant, DeMarcus Ware and DeMarco Murray.

"The excitement of things pretty much wore him out every day," said his father.

But when you mention the Cowboys, their newest player is already chomping at the chance to go back.
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