Les Miles makes young fan's wish come true with special dinner

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POSTED: Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 5:01am

UPDATED: Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 2:47pm

A teenage Tigers fan had his dream come true Wednesday night, thanks in part to a bacon cheeseburger.

Joe Wuellner and his family got to have a special dinner with LSU head coach Les Miles through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Wuellners flew in from St. Louis and arrived at T.J. Ribs in a limousine. Joe stepped out in a purple LSU jacket and white tennis shoes, looking like a younger version of Miles. Miles noticed as soon as he spotted their table inside the restaurant.

"Joe, what's going on, man? It's nice to see you," he said. "Damn, you look sharp today!"

Joe is currently in remission after undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. While he was sick, one of the only things he had a taste for was bacon, so he ate a lot of bacon cheeseburgers to keep his strength up. And the team that kept his spirits up was the Tigers, his mother's alma mater.

After a few star-struck minutes and several photos, Joe and Miles settled into a conversation about the team that matters so much to both of them.

"Do you think the offense is gonna be good next year?" Joe asked.

"Got a really good quarterback coming in," Miles replied, referring to Parkway High School star Brandon Harris.

"And analysts are saying bad things about the secondary and stuff," Joe added, "and how they haven't been covering as well as in years past."

"I think our secondary's better now," Miles told him. "I think they've matured, the young guys, and I think they're better now."

Miles had to pull himself away during the dinner to talk on his weekly radio show. But he clearly relished the chance to share a burger with a young man who looks up to him.

"How much fun is that?" he asked before returning to the show. "I'll be right back."

And he did come back, during every commercial break, chatting about games the Tigers could have won with a fan who already owns a huge victory.

"(I'm) kinda in shock that I'm sitting next to Coach Miles, and can't form questions," Joe said of the experience. "It's kinda hard for me to talk. I'm just gonna listen to what he has to say, and really fun."

The Wuellners got a quick tour of the Tigers' practice facility Wednesday afternoon. They will stay in Baton Rouge a couple more days so they can watch LSU play Arkansas in Tiger Stadium on Friday.

The Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana Chapter of Make-A-Wish granted nearly 500 wishes last year.

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