BRIDGEVILLE (KDKA) — Far from screaming coaches and roaring crowds, Steelers veteran Brett Keisel savors the silence of the old fishing hole.
“Beats working,” he laughs.
It’s also a happy outing for his new-found friends from Children’s Hospital. Aaron, 12, has hooked four fish, so far. It’s all in the wrist.
“I jerked it and hooked it real good, and reeled it in,” Aaron explains.
The bearded Steeler says it’s a learning experience for the kids.
“Sometimes it’s hard to just sit there and watch the line,” he explains. “But it’s all about patience. A lot of these kids, though, especially the ones from Children’s Hospital, they know a lot about patience. Sometimes it takes time for something good to happen. But it’s been a blast to come out and enjoy a beautiful day in nature with them.”
Catching a fish can push their troubles aside, if only for a day.
“Biggest one of the day!” Keisel exclaims, as Marty Fennell reels one in.
Marty is a big fan, and so is his mom.
“For Children’s Hospital to team up with the Steelers, or any other organization for that matter, they make the kids feel normal,” Christine Gaskil says. “And it’s a wonderful day.”