This weekend, the most popular person with the Michigan football team wasn’t a player.
It was visiting 7-year-old Barrett Fitzsimmons.
As reported by David Jablonski of the Dayton Daily News, Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh invited Fitzsimmons, who’s battling cancer, to a special trip to Michigan.
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) September 16, 2016
Fitzsimmons was diagnosed with cancer in May and has Hepatocellular Carcinoma Stage 4. While at a satellite camp on June 1, Harbaugh invited Fitzsimmons to a game this season.
“(Barrett) had a blast,” said Brad Fitzsimmons, Barrett’s dad on Sunday. “He was so excited. The first thing we did we got to meet coach Harbaugh in Schembechler Hall. It was surreal. (Barrett) was shy. I’m not sure he knew exactly how big of a deal (Harbaugh) is, but Harbaugh was great. He was very welcoming, very grateful. He told us he’s praying for him and all that.”
On Friday, Fitzsimmons’ family arrived in Ann Arbor, Mich., getting a tour of Michigan Stadium and getting to walk on the field. Fitzsimmons and his family then watched Saturday’s pre-game walk-through, met the players and had 50-yard line seats to watch Michigan beat Colorado, 45-28.