Giants' Weston Richburg feels the impact of Odell Beckham Jr. visiting Jayro Ponce, a cancer-stricken 9-year-old boy – New York News

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Bob Glauber has been Newsday’s national football columnist since 1992. He was Newsday’s football writer covering the Jets and Giants, as well as the NFL, from 1989-91. He was selected as the New York State sportswriter of the year in 2015 and 2011 by the National Sports Media Association.
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Weston Richburg’s eyes begin to well up when he talks about Jayro Ponce, whose situation is grim as he battles a rare form of cancer.

“It’s not looking too good right now,” the Giants’ center said Thursday as he and his teammates reported for the start of training camp. “My prayers are with him. I would encourage everyone to pray for him and keep your thoughts on him and his family.”

Richburg has drawn inspiration from the little boy from the Texas panhandle town of Follett, about 150 miles from Amarillo and just a few miles further from Richburg’s hometown of Bushland. After hearing earlier this year about Ponce’s story, Richburg visited with him in April. And just last week, Jayro got a visit from none other than Odell Beckham Jr., who responded to a plea from Richburg’s father on social media to see the 9-year-old boy.

Earlier this month, doctors…

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