New Orleans Saints “Superfan” Jarrius Robertson Continues To Inspire
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton thought Jarrius Robertson was a “rock star” before this week, but the 14-year-old super fan became even more famous Saturday night.
Along with Payton and Harry Connick Jr., Robertson presented the NFL Comeback Player of the Year to Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson at the NFL Honors Ceremony at Wortham Theater Center.
Robertson is battling biliary atresia, a chronic disease in the liver that limits his growth. He’s had several surgeries already and is awaiting a liver transplant, but nobody would know it with the joy he constantly displays.
“But that’s not what defines this young man because Jarrius is best known at home as the heart of the Who Dat nation,” said Connick. “Whether he’s cheering the team on from a hospital bed or ribbing opponents from the sidelines of the Superdome, Jarrius is the ultimate hype man. In fact, he’s so valuable the team even signed him to an honorary contract.”
The Saints brought Robertson to their game in Kansas City in 2016 after signing him to an honorary contract.
Robertson’s father, Jordy, said before the event that Jarrius probably didn’t realize the significance of what they were doing that night, not just for him, but for others in need of organ transplants.
“We’re here issuing out a very special award, but we’re also here on a special level because we’re actually reaching out all over the world now to get people to know about organ donation and fighting for a liver and he’s going through,” said Jordy to NOLA.com. “It’s a much bigger platform than Good Morning America, which we had been through, and going out to Kansas City with the Saints and spreading the word. This right here is more like on a worldwide basis, and we get to share our story with everybody to let them know that you’re not the only one going through this.
“We’re here; we’re fighting. We’re actually speaking up for those who can’t speak. We’re actually fighting for those who don’t have the strength to fight.”