CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A terminally ill 6-year-old boy whose battle against cancer has touched the community met the Cincinnati Bengals and Coach Marvin Lewis at Paul Brown Stadium Friday.
He had a message for them: "Win the game."
Wearing a #18 jersey for his favorite player, wide receiver A.J. Green, Walter "Superbubz" Herbert tossed a football with long snapper Clark Harris while the team did final walk-thrus.
The Bengals are preparing to kick off their 50th season in a home game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
After practice, the entire team and all the coaches clapped for Superbubz as Lewis led him onto the field, asking: "Have you met these guys yet?"
Superbubz joined them in a huge huddle: "One, two, three, WIN!"
After, Green and Quarterback Andy Dalton spent time talking to Superbubz. Green knelt down and signed the front and back of Superbubz's jersey.
Dalton, Green and all the other players signed a football for him.
The Bengals also donated a football autographed by A.J. Green, gloves autographed by Jeremy Hill and cleats autographed by Vontaze Burfict for a Sept. 16 benefit for the Herbert family at Public House in Cheviot.
"Walter, thanks for coming out today. Did you have fun?" Lewis asked him.
"Yeah," he responded.
"All right, very good. Any last minute messages?"
"Nooo," Superbubz shook his head.
"Just win, right?" interjected running back Jeremy Hill.
"Just win," Lewis repeated.
"Win the game," Superbubz told them.
"That's right, that's right," Lewis smiled.
Superbubz has little time left, his parents have said doctors told them, after a 2-year battle against neuroblastoma, one of the more common forms of childhood cancer.
His parents are trying to give him every opportunity to experience as many fun events as possible as they enjoy their final weeks together.
Superbubz's story has touched the Tri-State.
Lewis, who deeply cares for children, is no different. Known for being kind and generous, the coach has helped youth for years through his foundation in mentoring and granting more than $1 million in scholarships.
Superbubz puts things into perspective, Lewis acknowledged Friday.
"We are so blessed to be able to do what we do. But to have these young people come out here and take part in our Friday practices and see the smiles on their faces as they greet the players and it's great for the players to really have a chance to reach out to them," he said.
"These guys have young children of their own and it's always a great message to them and we are very thankful for what we are and what we have."