Colts GM discusses life-changing meeting before game

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard answers questions during a press conference at the NFL football team's practice facility in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Colts General Manager, Chris Ballard, is writing about how a meeting with the parents of a 14-month-old changed him.

NBC's Peter King is on vacation and so he lined up some guest writers including Ballard.

He writes about how on the Sunday the team played Miami last year, he met the Clausen family.

The Clausen's attending a Colts game. Courtesy: Clausen family

Little Bryce Clausen was battling a neurological condition called Krabbe disease.

"Instead of dwelling on their difficult circumstance, Joel and Andrea decided to make a “greatest hits” list of things they wanted to do as a family so they could create lasting memories," Ballard wrote. "They were both big Colts fans and attending a Colts game as a family was on the list."

Ballard went on to say that he was blown away by the family's faith and strength.

"As I walked back to the locker room before the game, I had tears in my eyes and all I could think about was Joel and Andrea and what they must being going through as a family," Ballard wrote. "I also was inspired by their will to make the best of a very tough situation."

Bryce passed away in April.

His family was able to get a law passed that would ensure newborns are tested for Krabbe at birth to give them the best odds of surviving. That law goes into effect on January 1, 2020.

Ballard also wrote about the draft and the late Edwin Jackson and you can read it all here.