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McLouth’s Trevor Roberts inspiring some big names

McLouth senior Trevor RobertsFormer NFL players Drew Caylor, left, and Brett Pierce, talk to McLouth senior Trevor Roberts outside McLouth BP on Tuesday. All three went to lunch in McLouth.

Story and photo by Dennis Sharkey

Trevor Roberts may be from a small town but his story is bigger than life.
On Tuesday three former NFL players hopped on a plane and made the trip to McLouth to meet the young man who has inspired his community and many others.

Former New York Jet and Baltimore Raven Drew Caylor and former Dallas Cowboy and Denver Bronco Brett Pierce heard about Roberts’ story through associates at Haag Oil which operates the McLouth BP station. Both men operate a company called Mirage that sells non-grocery items to Haag. Former Denver Broncos player Eldon Danenhauer, who also associated with Haag also met with Roberts.

Once hearing Roberts’ story both men wanted to meet Roberts to speak with him about life after football and flew into Kansas City from St. Louis Roberts lost his leg after an injury sustained during a football game in September.

“There’s probably a lot of good lessons you learned during football,” Caylor told Roberts. “Remember the great things you learned during football and the rest will work out. I promise you that.”

Pierce told Roberts that he has followed his story and sees a bright future based on what he knows.

“You’re an inspiration to a lot of people being as strong as you are,” Pierce told Roberts. “I’m not even going to wish you luck because I know you’re going to do well.”
Representatives of Haag Oil were on hand to present Roberts with donations that were collected at stores that exceeded $1,500.

McLouth store manager Cindy Cain knows Roberts and his family and felt compelled to help. She called her bosses at Haag’s office and got the ball rolling.

“I just take to heart when something happens to a child,” Cain said. “Anytime a child needs help I’m willing to help them.”

Roberts has made a lot of new friends since his tragedy. Last week Roberts visited the KU sidelines Saturday at the invitation of Head Coach Turner Gill and spoke with Gill about life and football.

After visiting the sidelines Roberts took the rest of the game in from a suite with Kansas Head Basketball Coach Bill Self.

Other NFL players, coaches and employees have also heard Roberts’ story and have befriended him.

Next month Roberts will try to attend the Third and Long Foundation Lunch with Neil Smith and will present the Simone Award to the areas best high school football player.

In a few weeks Roberts will take in a game at the New Arrowhead and next month will travel to Green Bay to take in a Packers’ game at the invitation of the team.

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