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Matt Cassel: a new kid in class for a day

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Sometimes it doesn't pay to play a sport that is currently in limbo but Wednesday, for Cassel, it paid off big time. The love he felt from the youngsters at the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired was on full display.

Cassel spent the morning signing and handing out his shadow buddies doll. The dolls provide emotional support no matter the disability.

"I've got a 14 month at home and I can only imagine how difficult it can be at times for parents and these children who are frustrated because they can't communicate the way they want to or just the difficulty in going through an every day process that sometimes we take for granted," said Cassel. 

"Our kids need that community involvement.  It's how they learn.  They're going to be able to now be able to talk about football a little bit better by having that doll in their hand.  They may not be able see football but now they're going to be able to talk about football," said Susan Belgerangulo, the Director of Development at CCVI. 

Cassel's interaction with the kids wasn't limited to just handing out his dolls and singing along with the kids. One little girl gave the QB a solid high five.

For this unique moment, the NFL lockout was millions of miles away mentally.

"It really lets you know...what's important in life and it's about family and it's about giving back…doing the right thing. I think the NFL, they're going through a lot of things right now and you can get caught up in the moment but, at the same time, this really hits home about what's important," said Cassel. 

When the lockout is over, players and owners could all use a hug from the sensible little ones at the center.

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