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If you haven't seen ESPN's new "My Wish" series, you should definitely check it out. It's their best programming since "The Decision" (kidding).

ESPN has teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to bring stars such as Travis Pastrana and Albert Pujols to spend the day with kids who have serious illnesses. Tomorrow, ESPN will air an episode in which LaDainian Tomlinson spends the day with 9-year-old LaJerrick Keyes, who has a nasty heart condition. From the team website:

ESPN’s "My Wish" Series will air next week and SportsCenter will have a green tint on Thursday, July 22. LaJerrick Keyes, a 9-year-old youngster who has congenital heart disease, visited the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in June and had an opportunity to take in a Jets OTA practice and spend time with LaDainian Tomlinson.

Six weeks after his birth, Keyes underwent his first heart surgery. Then the Indiantown, Fla., native had another heart procedure last summer. But Keyes got a chance to focus on pro football for a while, watching practice from the sideline and going one-on-one with LT in one of the world’s most famous video games.

"We played Madden 10," Keyes told "They also gave me a helmet and Jets jersey signed by the whole team. I’m a Jets fan now."

General manager Mike Tannenbaum got his busy summer of negotiating under way when he had LaJerrick sign a replica contract. The Jets also made a locker up for the Warfield Elementary student and gave him the Tomlinson jersey along with some cleats and other goodies.

"It was like Christmas in July!" said Stephanie Porter-King, LaJerrick’s mother. "I was so overwhelmed that LaJerrick got to live one day as a normal child."

I don't think anyone will complain about LaJerrick getting a contract before Revis and Mangold. Heck, I bet Tanny was nice enough to actually put guaranteed money in it this time.