Cameron leaves legacy of compassion

Cameron leaves legacy of compassion
December 12, 2012, 12:30 am
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Before we stop talking about just-fired Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, let’s recall something extremely decent he did for one young man.

You may remember the story. Cameron’s son told him about a classmate, Matthew Costello, who had a brain tumor. That very night three years ago, Cameron went to the Costello home, driving through a snowstorm, to try to lift the boy’s spirits. He gave him a Joe Flacco-autographed football and ended the visit by asking Costello to suggest a play for the Ravens to run that Sunday. Cameron used the teen’s suggestion to open the game, and it resulted in a touchdown (after a misfire on the first try).

Cameron kept up the communication with Costello, asking him each Sunday for a play, and it helped the boy make it through chemotherapy. This past March, Costello, now 16, and Cameron received special recognition at the Ed Block Courage Awards.

Tuesday on 105.7 The Fan, Matthew Costello’s father, WMAR-TV news anchor Jamie Costello, called in a day after Cameron’s firing to express his gratitude and say the coach had helped save his son’s life with the encouragement to make it through cancer treatments.

So maybe Cameron wasn’t the greatest offensive coordinator. But he showed himself to be a pretty good human being.