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Titans-Steelers game is a dream come true for young fan


Thursday's primetime NFL match up may have been on Titans' turf, but Steelers fans showed up in big numbers to LP Field.

Among the crowd of 69,000 plus was a pint-size fan wearing black and gold.

"I can say that they're awesome," Richard Culliver softly said of his favorite team.

The seven-year-old from Augusta, Georgia, made the trip to Music City with his parents, Brian Culliver and Stephanie McMillan.

"I'm a huge Steelers fan, and I raised my boys like that too," Brian Culliver said. "So this is really important for this to be the first game we come to together."

Seeing the Steelers play the Titans was a dream come true for the young boy. Richard has an inoperable brain tumor. His life expectancy is less than two months.

For Richard's parents, the trip was about more than a game.

"You're going to get me choked up," Brian Culliver laughed nervously. "It's huge for me. It really is."

Augusta Steel Masters, a local Pittsburgh Steelers fan club out of Georgia, made the trip possible by funding the tickets, travel, and hotel expenses.

The boy's wishes also caught the attention of Steelers' Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Richard's story is listed on his official Web site, Big Ben 7.

Richard's mother Stephanie said, "He stood there and put his face in his hands and said, 'Mommy, I'm gonna cry. I'm famous.'"

Hours before Thursday's game, Richard and his family were also given field passes, courtesy of Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin.

When asked what he wanted to see Thursday night, Richard simply said, "The Steelers win."

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