Just a day after the state of Maryland lost Mo Gaba, a 14-year-old legend in Baltimore, Ravens quarterback and reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson offered his condolences to Gaba.
“I just want to say my heart is with Mo’s parents and his friends and family,” Jackson said Wednesday on a Zoom call with reporters. “He was a great kid. He really didn’t get able to express his ability to show the world what he was made of. My heart goes to him. He was a great soul.”
Gaba was blind since he was nine months old due to a tumor that affected his eyesight. He spent a majority of his life in hospitals.
He first gained notoriety in Baltimore by calling into a sports-talk radio show on 105.7 The Fan, unbeknownst to his mother. Soon after, he was throwing out first pitches at Orioles games and calling plays in the Ravens’ offensive huddle during training camp.
Gaba was named to the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon shortly before he died.
After word spread late Tuesday night of the news, many current and former Baltimore athletes shared their sympathies and memories of Gaba’s inspirational life.
Gaba made Ravens, and NFL, history during the 2019 NFL Draft when he announced the selection of Oklahoma guard Ben Powers, with a draft card written in braille.
“Every time he would be out there at the practice facility, you could just feel it,” Jackson said. “Whenever you go by, you’re shaking his hand, you hear him talking and you’re like, ‘Dang, I wish he was able to express things more, he was able to see all the stuff that’s going on, all the love he got around him.’ I’m just sad his life got cut short, unfortunately.”
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