Vikings’ Laquon Treadwell makes new friends, learns to play checkers on draft day

By Hannah Gebresilassie

From visiting patients in the a.m. to getting drafted in the p.m., Laquon Treadwell had an “emotional rollercoaster” on draft day.

Treadwell spent the morning visiting patients at Shriners Hospital for Children – Chicago on April 28. There he made two new friends, 8-year-old Sheila Bourke and 10-year-old Katie Kuehn, who taught him how to play checkers.

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In this video Laquon Treadwell reflects on his rewarding and busy draft day. He went from coloring at Shriners Hospital to walking the big stage at Roosevelt Auditorium. (Hannah Gebresilassie/MEDILL)


Later that evening, the former Ole Miss wide receiver was selected as the 23rd overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

“I’m honored to be a part of the organization and just glad to hear my name called the first day, most importantly,” Treadwell said after getting drafted. “I’m just so happy right now, and blessed and humble.”

Photo at top: 8-year-old Sheila Bourke and 10-year-old Katie Kuehn teach Laquon Treadwell how to play checkers at Shriners Hospital during an NFL Play 60 Clinic. (Hannah Gebresilassie/MEDILL)