"You may or may not know not me but who I am doesn't matter," Owens wrote. "My name is Terrell Owens, I currently play for the Cincinnati Bengals. My reason for e-mailing you is the E:60 story on your precious gift from God, your son Josiah. I was about to get ready for bed when I caught it somewhere in the middle and when I grasped the content of what was going on ... I was glued to the TV. I must say that you are a strong woman and you have an even stronger son."
That was the opening line of an email that Terrell Owens wrote to the mother of six-year-old Josiah Viera. Josiah suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Progeria, a disease that causes rapid aging in young children. Children with Progeria typically have a life expectancy between eight and 13 years.
After the loss to the Buffalo Bills, TO sent a care package to Josiah that included his game jersey and the ball he caught for his eighth touchdown of the season.
"I am very honored that T.O. not only took the time to write, but also to send his gear that he wore for the Bills-Bengals game," Josiah's mother said. "That is something we will cherish."
Owens said in his email that Josiah's story was inspirational and for the rest of the season, he would wear Josiah's initials on his gloves.
Right now, TO ranks third in the NFL in total receiving yards with 914 behind Brandon Lloyd and Roddy White and he's tied for fourth in the NFL in touchdown receptions with eight. He's making a strong case to be asked to stay in Cincinnati for another year.
No matter what you think about him, love him or hate him, you can't help but respect him for going out of his way to better the life of a child.
"Josiah's face lit up like a Christmas tree as I handed him the football and said this is from Sunday's game," said Josiah's mother, Jennifer. "He gave me the biggest smile as I read what T.O. had wrote on the ball and jersey."