The Cleveland Browns Just Signed A Contract With A 9-Year-Old. Their Reasoning Is Beautiful.

'A dream come true.'

The Cleveland Browns gained a great addition to the team — and he's only 9 years old. 

One Tues., June 2, the Browns signed a one-day contract for Dylan Sutcliffe in celebration of the team's one-year anniversary of its First and Ten volunteer initiative. 

Sutcliffe, a Lyndhurst, Ohio resident, has been diagnosed with ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T), ESPN reported


The National Cancer Institute defines A-T as a "primary immunodeficiency disease that affects a number of different organs in the body." 

The institute states that A-T is a rare disorder that occurs in one out of 40,000 children and one out of 100,000 people in general worldwide. The disease itself breaks down the immune system, making the body susceptible to diseases.

This one-day contract was created after Sutcliffe relayed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana that his dream was to play with the Cleveland Browns. 

During the press conference announcing Sutcliffe's contract, the team's general manager, Ray Farmer, shared his thoughts on bringing Sutcliffe onboard. 

"He's definitely going to bring added value to our roster and football club," he said.

Sutcliffe arrived in style.

It was only right that Sutcliffe arrived to play with his new team in a limousine. He was welcomed by Browns President Alec Scheiner, who escorted him to a meeting with Farmer, where he watched film, as stated on the Browns site.

It was all so official.

During the press conference, it was revealed that Sutcliffe received his very own jersey with the No. 7, a number that nobody used on the team. 

With his own locker, adjacent to cornerback Joe Haden, the 9-year-old Browns player spent the day at the team facility and on the field during their off-season practice. 

The newest member of the team was joined by his parents, grandparents and 4-year-old brother Sean, who has also been diagnosed with ataxia-telangiectasia. 

For Sutcliffe, his mother Jennifer Sutcliffe told WEWS NewsChannel5 that this was truly "a dream come true."

Through the family's hardships of dealing with this disease, Sutcliffe's father Derek, says it's important to live in the moment:

'... Live for each day ... and today is a good day.'


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