Atlanta Falcons star defensive finish Grady Jarrett and the NFL had a touching shock for a 12-year-old soccer fan whose household just lately died in a home fireplace. They gave Taeden Johnson tickets to go to the Tremendous Bowl 55 in Tampa, Florida on Sunday.
Throughout “CBS This Morning” on Friday, Jarrett mentioned the NFL was giving two tickets to Johnson, who goals of taking part in within the league and had by no means been to a sport earlier than.
“The NFL and the Falcons goes to take actual excellent care of you this 12 months,” he mentioned, leaving Johnson in shock. “You simply have a memorable time.”
Johnson mentioned, “I wish to play within the NFL, too.” Jarrett then shared some phrases of recommendation.
“Sure sir, you are able to do it,” Jarrett mentioned. “Gotta work arduous. You are able to do it. Work arduous, be sure you preserve these good grades. Simply gotta consider your self.”
Final month, Johnson’s mom, sister and grandmother have been killed in a blaze in Athens, Georgia, CBS affiliate WSB-TV reported. Zac Hendrix, a former pupil on the College of Georgia and mentor of Johnson, arrange a fundraiser to assist with the boy’s future bills and faculty fund.
Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards, who attended the College of Georgia, has called on fans to donate to the fundraiser. Falcons large receiver Harry Douglas additionally requested the general public to assist.
The organizers have since raised greater than $200,000.