INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Kyle Frazier was working out with Justin Lovett Los Angeles Rams‘ Director of strength and conditioning, when he was interrupted.
Frazier, who was at the Rams facility when his wish was granted through Make-A-Wish, was going through a workout with the All-Pro defensive tackle. Aaron Donald walking
This was before Zoom met, when Frazier’s wishes could not be fulfilled in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, while Frazier was still in high school, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Four months after her diagnosis, she is declared cancer-free, and wants to meet her favorite football player, Donald.
Frazier, 21, said the call with Donald was “emotional” and really helped her on her journey.
“Oh my God, he was so nervous,” Frazier’s mother, Kenya James, told ESPN. “He said, ‘Mom, I didn’t even know what to say. I was so nervous to talk to him.’ … It kind of drove him. More motivation for him to grow and learn and do things in sports and in class.”
And so two years later, the Rams and Make-A-Wish partnered to have Frazier spend a weekend with the team, first practicing at the team facility and then signing a one-day contract with general manager Les Snead. Frazier, a sophomore offensive lineman at Savannah State, stayed at the team hotel Saturday night and took a bus to Sophie Stadium Sunday to watch the Rams play. Los Angeles Chargers. And while the whole weekend was great, Frazier said, he was “excited” to work with Donald.
Frazier also worked with Aaron Donald.
“It was amazing to be in the presence of someone I was watching,” Frazier said. “…and the workout caught me off guard. Now he put me through something, but every minute of it, I loved it. I cherished it. I’ll never forget it.” pic.twitter.com/vSvGQNiVMm
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“It was amazing to be in the presence of someone I was watching,” Frazier said. “I was lost for words. And the workout caught me off guard. Now he gave me something, but every minute of it, I loved it. I cherished it. I’ll never forget it.”
“It’s time to improve what me and Kyle have been doing,” Lovett said as Donald joined the workout.
“AD is super competitive as it is, and he doesn’t care if you’re working with him or me,” Lovett said. “He’s going to beat one of us. And so did Kyle. So he showed him love, but also showed him that there’s a different level of how you push yourself to get to where he is. So that was pretty neat and unique and inside. It’s exciting to come and jump with him.”
As Frazier underwent cancer treatment, he lost about 60 pounds. But football kept him going. Frazier had already committed to Savannah State and his coach assured him that his spot would be waiting for him.
“[After hearing that] My tears are dry. I just asked my doctor a few questions, ‘Is my cancer curable’ and ‘Will I be able to play football?’ And once I got word that they were both yes, that was my goal then and there.”
On Sunday morning before the game, Frazier stood on the sideline at Sophie Stadium watching the Rams warm up. He said, being that close, he had goosebumps.
“It’s amazing,” Frazier said. “… two great teams playing and yes. I’m delighted.”