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Images + Video: 3-Time Super Bowl Champion and Dallas Cowboys Great Jay Novacek Surprises Make-A-Wish Teen Leah on Macy’s National Believe Day

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Tight end Jay Novacek gained fame and notoriety as a five-time Pro Bowler and a three-time Super Bowl champion playing with the Dallas Cowboys from 1990-1995. The man who was one of Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman’s favorite targets, lent his fame to something bigger this holiday season by surprising Leah, a 17 year old Make-A-Wish recipient and self-proclaimed die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan in Dallas, Texas on National Believe Day, Friday, December 14th.

Leah was in total shock and disbelief when she was greeted by the three-time Super Bowl champion who told her “Today your wish is going to come true. You’re going to Valley Ranch which is where the Cowboys practice, and you get to watch practice this mornin’. You get to meet some of the players and the coaches, and then Sunday you’re going to watch them beat the Steelers.”

Macy’s Santa was also in town on National Believe Day, picking up Santa mail at J.W. Ray Elementary school in honor of Macy’s “Believe” campaign “which celebrates the spirit of giving in support of Make-A-Wish”, and donates a dollar to the Make-A-Wish foundation for every card delivered to a Macy’s store (up until December 24th). They also donated an additional dollar to the Make-A-Wish foundation in honor of National Believe Day on Friday, December 14, (up to $500,000) which will exceed their season goal of $1 million. Santa also met with children of all ages at the Fort Worth Stock Yards (on Friday) where he rode in on a horse drawn carriage behind a herd of Texas Longhorns.

 

 

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Former Dallas Cowboys great Jay Novacek surprises Make-A-Wish recipient Leah on ABC's Good Morning Texas

Former Dallas Cowboys great Jay Novacek surprises Make-A-Wish recipient Leah on ABC’s Good Morning Texas. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Jay Novacek tells Leah she'll get to meet the Dallas Cowboys at Valley Ranch Practice Facility. Screenshot courtesy of Macy's and Make-A-Wish.

Jay Novacek tells Leah she’ll get to meet Dallas Cowboys players and coaches at Valley Ranch Practice Facility. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Leah is in complete shock when Jay Novacek tells her on Good Morning Texas that she'll attend Sunday's Cowboys vs. Steelers game

Leah is in complete shock when Jay Novacek tells her on Good Morning Texas that she’ll attend Sunday’s Cowboys vs. Steelers game! Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Five-time Pro Bowler and three-time Super Bowl Champion Jay Novacek poses with Make-A-Wish recipient Leah on National Believe Day!

Five-time Pro Bowler and three-time Super Bowl Champion Jay Novacek poses with Make-A-Wish recipient Leah on National Believe Day! Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Leah, Jay Novacek pose with Santa Claus and elves on National Believe Day

Leah and Dallas Cowboys great Jay Novacek pose with Santa Claus and his elves on National Believe Day. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

The entrance to five-time World Champion Dallas Cowboys Valley Ranch practice facility, where Leah met Dallas Cowboys players and coaches and played catch Santa Claus! Screenshot courtesy of Macy's and Make-A-Wish.

The entrance to five-time World Champion Dallas Cowboys Valley Ranch practice facility, where Leah met Dallas Cowboys players and coaches and played catch Santa Claus! Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Santa Claus prepares to throw a touchdown pass to Leah at Valley Rach, the practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys. Screenshot courtesy of Macy's and Make-A-Wish.

Santa Claus prepares to throw a touchdown pass to Leah at Valley Rach, the practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Santa Claus throws a pass to one of his elves

Santa Claus throws a pass to one of his elves. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Leah in a Texas Longhorns top holding a Dallas Cowboys commemorative football

Leah in a Texas Longhorns top, holding a Dallas Cowboys commemorative football. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Santa prepares to hand the football off to Dallas Cowboys fan Leah on National Believe Day. Screenshot courtesy of Macy's and Make-A-Wish.

Santa prepares to hand the football off to Dallas Cowboys fan Leah on National Believe Day. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Leah throws a touchdown pass to Santa Claus

Leah throws a touchdown pass to Santa Claus. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Santa Claus and his elves arrive at J.W. Ray Elementary School in Dallas on Friday, December 14th, National Believe Day. Screenshot courtesy of Macy's and Make-A-Wish.

Santa Claus and his elves arrive at J.W. Ray Elementary School in Dallas on Friday, December 14th, National Believe Day. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Santa Claus and his elf wave upon arriving at J.W. Ray Elementary school. Screenshot courtesy of Macy's and Make-A-Wish.

Santa Claus and his elf wave upon arriving at J.W. Ray Elementary school. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Santa Claus greets children at J.W. Ray Elementary school in Dallas, Texas on Friday, December 14th in honor of National Believe Day. Screenshot courtesy of Macy's and Make-A-Wish.

Santa Claus greets children at J.W. Ray Elementary School in Dallas, Texas on Friday, December 14th in honor of National Believe Day. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Letters addressed to Santa Claus in the North Pole. Screenshot courtesy of Macy's and Make-A-Wish.

Letters addressed to Santa Claus in the North Pole. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Students at J.W. Ray Elementary School in Dallas, Texas hand their letters to Santa Claus on Friday, December 14, 2012. Screenshot courtesy of Macy's and Make-A-Wish.

Students at J.W. Ray Elementary School in Dallas, Texas hand their letters to Santa Claus on Friday, December 14, 2012. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Fort Worth Stock Yards festively decorated for Christmas. Screenshot courtesy of Macy's and Make-A-Wish.

Fort Worth Stock Yards festively decorated for Christmas. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Santa Claus arrives at Fort Worth Stock Yards on a horsedrawn carriage behind a herd of Texas Longhorns

Santa Claus arrives at Fort Worth Stock Yards on a horse drawn carriage behind a herd of Texas Longhorns. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Santa Claus and a cowboy ride in to the Fort Worth Stock Yard on a horse drawn carriage

Santa Claus and a cowboy ride in to the Fort Worth Stock Yard on a horse drawn carriage. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Santa Claus horse drawn carriage behind the Stockyard Station!

Santa Claus arrives on a horse drawn carriage behind the Stockyard Station! Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Santa's elf is startled by the Texas longhorn

Santa’s elf is startled by the Texas longhorn he’s riding. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Santa Claus isn't afraid of a Texas longhorn!

Santa Claus isn’t afraid of a Texas longhorn! Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

A happy little girl gives Santa Claus a big hug after giving him her letter.

A happy little girl gives Santa Claus a big hug after giving him her letter. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

A baby boy sits on Santa's lap at the Fort Worth Stock Yard in Texas on Friday, December 14, 2012.

A baby boy sits on Santa’s lap at the Fort Worth Stock Yard in Texas on Friday, December 14, 2012. Screenshot courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

 

Video:

Former Dallas Cowboys great Jay Novacek surprises Make-A-Wish recipient Leah with her dream on “National Believe Day” Friday, December 14th, 2012.

 

 

 

Santa Claus arrives at J.W. Ray Elementary School on National Believe Day, December 14, 2012.

 

For more videos and to hear from Jay Novacek, Santa Claus, Leah, and more please visit YouTube.com/CandieAnderson.
Screenshots and Videos courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.

 

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