24,131 Witness 5-year-old Cancer Fighter Ryan Encinas Score TD at Browns Family Night | Bob's Blitz

24,131 Witness 5-year-old Cancer Fighter Ryan Encinas Score TD at Browns Family Night

“How ’bout that first-round draft pick there, Ryan Encinas, scoring the winning touchdown tonight?” Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski asked at the beginning of his post-practice news conference. He was talking about 5-year-old Ryan Encinas, selected by the Littlest Heroes (a nonprofit organization that impacts the lives of children with cancer and their families), to come to Family Night and celebrate 2 years lung tumor free.

Waiting for Next Year's Rick Grayshock adds, "The biggest play of the night was a 40 yard run by 5 year old Ryan Encinas. Ryan took a hand-off from Brandon Weeden and ran to the right and down the sideline for the score, pausing momentarily to recover his own fumble.

"Ryan and his family are from Cuyahoga Falls. His cancer has been in remission for two years on August 2nd. When Ryan was two, it was discovered he had a tumor on his left lung. He was hospitalized for six weeks going through chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Ryan starts kindergarten and celebrates his sixth birthday this fall."

"That was cool," Weeden said. "When Chud told us we were going to do that in team meetings, I was pumped about it. That was a cool deal. The kid is 5 years old, and he's been through a lot. I do a lot of stuff back home with Children's Hospital, so every time something like that happens, it brings a lump to your throat."

“To have this moment in front of these fans in this stadium, I’m getting chills right now,” rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo said. “I’m sure it meant a lot to that little kid.”

Why yes, that was Trent Richardson with the excellent block.

The idea for the touchdown started with Chudzinski's son Kaelan, who had seen 7-year-old Jack Hoffman score on a 69-yard run in a Nebraska Cornhusker spring game.

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