Exclusive: Sparks family meets Jackson's WWE hero, Braun Strowman
GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- "Oh Braun Strowman!"
"Oh hahahaha look at that!"
That's Jackson Sparks -- the little eight-year-old boy who lost his life in the Waukesha Christmas parade attack -- opening up a present from his big brother Tucker, on his last Christmas.
A Braun Strowman action figure -- Jackson's favorite WWE wrestler.
He always dreamed of meeting him.
Tonight, on Jan. 13, in Green Bay, the Sparks family got to live out Jackson's dream for him -- meeting Braun Strowman before WWE's Smackdown event.
"You had such a big role in his life, he wouldn't want to meet the President of the United States. He wouldn't want to meet Aaron Judge. He would say 'I want to meet Braun Strowman'", said Jackson's mom, Sheri Sparks.
"I'm speechless. He absolutely idolized you," said Jackson's dad, Aaron Sparks.
What a moment -- a father meeting one of his late son's heroes.
The emotions more powerful for Aaron Sparks than the huge man he is embracing.
Jackson Sparks loved baseball. We know that, right? But he also loved wrestling. WWE's Braun Strowman was his favorite.
"He had a special place in his heart for Braun Strowman, and I could tell Adam feels the same way. He has a special place for Jackson," said Aaron Sparks.
Braun Strowman's real name is Adam Scherr -- and tonight, he was nothing but real to the Sparks family.
"I knew this was going to be an emotional day. I know how much this would mean to him. I know how excited he'd be. (Sheri) or even just Braun Strowman saying his name," said Aaron Sparks.
And what a special exchange this is.
The Sparks family giving Strowman a Jackson Sparks Foundation hat. Then those boots will be auctioned off to benefit survivors of the parade attack.
"We're just gonna soak it and remember Jackson, enjoy the night and think about him, honor his memory," said Sheri Sparks.
"Y'all have fun tonight, and I'm gonna put on one heck of a show for you," said WWE's Braun Strowman.