NEW YORK, NY – December 10, 2023
On Saturday, December 9th, Jayden Daniels, quarterback of the LSU Tigers was recognized by the Heisman Trophy Trust as winner of the Heisman Trophy for 2023. The award is given annually to the top college football player in the country.
The following day, Daniels was visiting patients at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai in New York City. The football star autographed footballs for the patients and then participated in a hospital-wide broadcast from the hospital’s video studio. He also spent some one-on-one time visiting with patients and their families. (They remembered to sing “Happy Birthday” to Jayden as his birthday was just one week away).
Morgan Stojanowski, the hospital’s director of Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy was ecstatic with the interaction. She said, “These families need a break from the hospital life that many have been forced to adopt. To have the Heisman Trust bring the top college player in the country to meet with them is so very special. The bonus is that Jayden is such a thoughtful and caring young man.”
The patients were curious about so much regarding the Heisman winner. What was his favorite breakfast cereal? (Cinnamon Toast Crunch) Why does he wear #5? (He loved former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, who wore that number). Who has had the greatest influence on his life and career? (His mom).
Jayden left all the patients with this important message. “Stay positive no matter what. Get through the hard times by staying positive. You patients inspired ME today! And I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas and get to go home soon.”