Players produce smiles at Children's

Julian Edelman, Jerod Mayo and Kevin Faulk donned their aprons and chef hats Tuesday at Children's Hospital. Mike Reiss/ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- We interrupt any talk of 40-yard dash times, vertical jumps and draft picks for a feel-good story involving Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo, running back Kevin Faulk and receiver Julian Edelman ...

Earlier this morning at Children's Hospital-Boston, Mayo, Faulk and Edelman traded their football pads for aprons and chef hats to serve pancakes to patients as part of the team's "Celebrate Volunteerism" campaign from the 2011 season.

It was a natural match -- players from a top NFL team visiting one of the country's leading pediatric hospitals.

"Just seeing the kids' faces, that they're having fun, and pancakes, you have to smile for pancakes -- the most wonderful breakfast you can have," Faulk said.

The visit was a reminder that sports, and those involved in the games, can touch the lives of many. One of the notable parts of the visit came with a young Giants fan awaiting a heart transplant, as the players walked in to the room greeted by an Eli Manning poster on the wall.

Losing the Super Bowl might have been a tough pill to swallow, but what the young fan was going through put that in perspective for the trio.

In another room, Mayo saw an Xbox game and passed along his screen name to a patient so they could compete against each other. That produced something that Children's Hospital organizers hoped would result from the visit -- a big smile.

"Any time you can give back, it's always a good thing," Mayo said. "It never gets old. It really puts it into perspective any time you come to a children's hospital, just about life in general. Any time you can come in and put a smile on these kids' faces, especially those who have been here for a long time, it's always a great feeling."