Football Tigers Visit Children's Hospital

Comments from Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik and cornerback Walt McFadden are featured.

Tampa, Fla.--Gene Chizik and his wife Jonna joined five Auburn players on a visit to St. Joseph's Children Hospital on Sunday follow the Tigers' first day of bowl practice in Tampa.

Senior defensive end Antonio Coleman, senior offensive tackle Andrew McCain, senior cornerback Walter McFadden, senior quarterback Chris Todd and sophomore wide receiver Terrell Zachery visited the hospital.

Coach Gene Chizik prepares to hand a gift to 19-month-old Sanaria Roberts, who is held by her aund, Jashonda Knight. Joining Chizik are Northwestern players Jacob Schmidt (left) and Stefan Demos.

The players went from room to room in the hospital giving out posters, hats and other souvenirs while signing paragraphs.

"I think it was a really good for us to be able to see some kids that may have some issues or are going through some things that are really tough," Chizik said. "Seeing the children's faces light up when the players walk in, and then to see the players react to that, I'm not sure that our players didn't get more out of it than the kids do. It was a really good day for everybody."

McFadden, a frequent volunteer for community service projects during his time at Auburn, said, "You could tell it meant a lot to them and it meant a lot to me and the players, too. We are very thankful to be able to come visit them and make them happy. Being able to give back to the community and show our love and that we are humble men is important."

Chizik talks to talks to Elerick Sigueroa at St. Joseph's Children Hospital.

Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald visited the hospital along with Wildcat players Stefan Demos, Jeravin Matthews, Jared Carpenter, Quentin Williams, Corbin Bryant, Quentin Davie, Andrew Brewer and Jacob Schmidt.

The Tigers and Wildcats will meet for the first time ever in football on New Year's Day in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. CST.

The Tigers will return to the University of Tampa to practice again on Tuesday morning before taking an outing to Busch Gardens that afternoon.

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