ESPN's annual ESPY Awards took place Wednesday night in Los Angeles and Jets rookie Jamal Adams was in attendance. The Jets' first-round draft pick was not there as an award recipient, presenter, personality or host. He was there as a supporter.
During his time at LSU, Adams met a young man fighting for his life named Jarrius Robertson. The 14-year-old suffers from biliary atresia, a chronic liver disease that has resulted in two liver transplants in his short life.
Jarrius is an avid sports fan, especially of his local New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, as well as the LSU Tigers. Robertson and Adams became fast friends when the young LSU fan attended the Tigers' game against Florida on November 19, 2016.
Adams and Robertson have remained in close contact since they first met in Baton Rouge. So close, in fact, that Adams was thrilled to join Jarrius at the ESPYs as Robertson received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
In his acceptance speech, Jarrius made sure to thank his family, the New Orleans Saints organization, the WWE and Jamal Adams and the LSU Tigers.
Robertson's final words shed light on the sincerity of the friendship. Before stepping away from the mic, Jarrius looked to his right, held the trophy over his head and emphatically declared, "Jamal, we did it!"