Dream comes true for local boy at Ravens training camp

9:24 PM, Aug 12, 2013   |    comments
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WUSA9) -- It was a warm day at Ravens training camp, perfect for a day of dreams for Garfield Jacobs. 

The 4-year--old Baltimore native visited the facility of the world champs on Monday to meet his favorite player and boy did he ever.

Jacobs is no ordinary 4-year-old.  He suffers from Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) a rare relapsing autoimmune disorder that preferentially causes inflammation in the optic nerve and spinal cord.

"He can't walk, he can't see, he can only use his hands like now," says his mother Latonya.  

Jacobs desperately wanted to meet his favorite player, Ray Rice. 

After a long, hard, hot practice, the Ravens running back came over and obliged by giving the youngster his shoes.  

"He's my favorite player," said Garfield.

Rice was just as touched.  "He told me I'm his favorite player," said Rice.  "Out of all the players, he picked me and that definitely touched me, he just changed my life and he doesn't even know it."

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