Is there another player more loyal to his fans than Joe Haden?
In this league of exorbitant contract negotiations and backbiting over social media over who did what to whom, it's nice to see something like this come over the wire.
In a move that makes him my early candidate for Walter Payton Man of the Year, Browns defensive back Joe Haden, when asked by high school senior Joyce Grendel to attend her prom, gave her the princess treatment when her date fell through. He showed up to pick her up in a Lamborghini, and, although very nervous, according to sources, showed her a very good time.
The two knew each other through Twitter exchanges and meet-ups, and Haden was happy to oblige his biggest fan.
The two also had something in common: neither one of them had been to a prom. Haden had to miss his due to freshman workouts at the University of Florida. Therefore, according to Haden, he was nervous:
"I am nervous, too. We were taking pictures with me and her family," Haden told WJW [of Cleveland]. "I feel this is very legit, like I was getting ready, 'Does this look cool?' when I'm getting ready. I feel like I'm very legit. This is my prom, too." (Thanks to Yahoo! Sports)
I found this incredibly awesome. There really aren't any words to show how generous that was, and even if I did, I don't think any words would be adequate.
You hear a lot about players, coaches, and even GMs bickering about money, contracts, etc. Here's a player who, after signing a $50 million contract, doesn't complain or doesn't whine that it isn't enough; he just goes out and uses some of that money to give back to his fans.
Call me a sucker for the good old days, but when the NFL was just in its infancy, you couldn't turn around without hearing about another player doing a good deed for children or the needy. Nowadays, the script has been flipped: you can't turn around without hearing about the next insane thing a Terrell Owens or an Albert Haynesworth has done.
Let me tell you, it's refreshing.