Pittsburg Steelers defensive captain, and facial-hair aficionado, Brett “Da Beard” Keisel took four boys from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on a VIP fishing trip at the Alpine Hunting and Fishing Club of Bridgeville in Pennsylvania.
In a feature from Pennsylvania’s Tribune Review, Keisel, an outdoorsman since his days of growing up in Wyoming, said he thought it would be good for the boys to get out of the hospital and soak in the outdoors.
“With these kids spending time in Children’s Hospital is that it is a getaway,” Keisel said. “A lot of times being in the hospital you are in the same grind every day, and you can’t get out and enjoy Mother Nature as much as you would like. I think they are enjoying coming out and doing something different, and maybe doing it with the bearded one isn’t so bad either.”
After a morning of plying the club’s ponds, the boys were treated to a meal prepared by celebrity chef Joseph Tambellini, but couldn’t wait to get back to casting. By the end of the day the boys caught bass, bluegill and even a five-pound brown trout–the largest fish of the day.
“These kids are pretty serious (fishermen),” Keisel said. “I asked them this morning who was going to catch the biggest fish, and they all raised their hands. It was a fun day.”