Albert, a longtime Philadelphia Eagles fan, had his wish for a pregame tailgate at his nursing home granted, thanks to the national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation.
Albert is originally from New Jersey. In fact, he owned a barbershop in Pitman, NJ and was the barber for several Eagles players years ago. A huge Eagles fan, he took his two daughters to all the preseason training camps and watched every game. Despite living in Florida, he remains a loyal fan. Over the past five years he has battled severe infections and septic shock that developed after an unsuccessful hip replacement surgery. In addition, two years ago he suffered a brain stem stroke and lost his wife of 52 years. His simple wish for a tailgate party was granted on Sunday, December 6, 2009 before the Birds played the Atlanta Falcons. Albert was surprised with a phone call from his old friend and former Eagles general manager, Harry Gamble during the tailgate. Thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles organization for donating a personalized jersey and to Marshall Financial of Doylestown, PA for donating several other pieces of Eagle memorabilia and for funding the cost of the party.