Dying Professor Pausch Fulfills Another Dream: Practices With NFL Steelers
A few weeks ago, 46-year-old Carnegie Mellon professor Randy
Pausch gave his final lecture and focused on helping young people
fulfill their childhood dreams. Yesterday, the computer science
professor realized one of his own: he practiced with the
Pittsburgh Steelers. And he promised that if the Steelers get in
the Super Bowl, he'll live long enough to see it.
As reported in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pausch ran routes
and caught passes from All-Pro receiver Hines Ward, and spoke
with Steelers owner Dan Rooney.
The article said in part:
"Beneath sunny skies yesterday, Pausch jumped and dove to snatch
every single pass from Ward out of midair. Clad in a No. 86
jersey and navy blue shorts that showed off his skinny legs, he
looked every bit the professor, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin
said his moves were respectable. "You know, Hines doesn't have to
worry about his job security, but [Pausch is] impressive," Tomlin
said, adding that he, too, was inspired by Pausch's story."
As my 9th-grade Latin teacher used to tell us every day, "Dream
big dreams, kids -- it's a waste of time to dream little ones."
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