Robb Elementary student meets childhood hero

Jennifer Fry

Staff writer

Robb Elementary fourth-grader Zak-Anthony Velasquez’ wish indeed came true April 21 at a spring football scrimmage between University of Texas at Austin Longhorns teammates. Hours before the game, UT quarterback Sam Ehlinger, Velasquez’ childhood hero, walked up to the boy and his family to say hello as they were looking at the Longhorns’ trophy display case.

It was one o’clock that afternoon. The family had just arrived to the Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium, home of the Longhorns. The scrimmage was not until 6:30 that evening.

“He just came out of nowhere,” said Velasquez’ mother, Danika Velasquez, 28, who was in attendance for the meeting. “We weren’t put in a room… He just popped up.”

“Whenever I first saw him, I was kind of nervous,” Zak-Anthony said. “After he was showing me around I started talking a little bit.”


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