Six-year-old signs one-day contract with Eskimos

Six-year-old Jaylen Pleasant-Provo signs a one-day contract with the Eskimos Thursday, arranged...

Six-year-old Jaylen Pleasant-Provo signs a one-day contract with the Eskimos Thursday, arranged through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Eskimos)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:16 PM ET

All season long, the Edmonton Eskimos seemed to hinge on a hope and a prayer.

But on Thursday, it was all about a wish.

Six-year-old Jaylen Pleasant-Provo officially signed a player contract with general manager Ed Hervey and head coach Kavis Reed to be an Eskimo for a day, thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

While the young star didn’t have much to say to the media at the weekly coach’s scrum, he let his actions do the talking with a 45-yard sweep into the end zone that brought a chorus of cheers from his new green-and-gold clad teammates.

“He took that sweep around the end and took it in for the touchdown,” said Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly. “It was really nice to have him out and be able to experience practice. He’s officially a member of the Edmonton Eskimos football club and once an Eskimo, always an Eskimo.”

Jaylen, whose family recently moved to Edmonton, is living with a severe bleeding disorder that has the potential to be life-threatening


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