Touching Relationship Between QB and Sick Little Girl

See the experiences an Alabama quarter back and a 4-year-old girl shared led to a powerful bond!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Starla Chapman was diagnosed with leukemia in September 2011. Starla met AJ McCarron, the quarterback for Alabama, on Christmas Eve 2011 at South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile. Starla gave McCarron a rubber wristband while he was at the hospital visiting, and he told her he would wear it in the Crimson Tide’s next game, the BCS national championship game against LSU. But before that game, Starla went into cardiac arrest on Jan. 3, 2012. She wound up on life support in a medically induced coma. Her parents were told to expect the worst.

Starla’s parents watched the BCS title game from their stricken daughter’s bedside. They saw the yellow wristband on McCarron’s arm. Starla’s father called it “very special,” and her mother said she whispered to her daughter: “He’s wearing your bracelet.” The wristband, symbolic of Starla’s struggle – and that of all young cancer victims — for life, sparked a national curiosity followed by an outpouring of support for Team Starla. The relationship between Starla and McCarron has continued. The quarterback is now her godfather.