Ireland’s Six Nations success swept the country on their return home from Paris, with hordes of fans greeting the players at Dublin Airport.
As is customary on such occasions, the players stopped for autographs and photos with their supporters, but young Leinster back rower Jordi Murphy inadvertently gave away something much more valuable than his signature.
After a request from a young fan for a keepsake from his hero, Murphy handed over his hoodie, still containing his winner’s medal in the pocket!
But the youngster was honest as the day is long, and his dad made sure the piece of silverware was returned to its rightful owner, for which Murphy was hugely thankful!
Murphy isn’t the first player to lose such a valuable possession only for it to be returned.
Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid ensured the Spanish Copa del Rey trophy would never be the same again after dropping it from the top deck of the team’s open top bus only for the driver to run it over.
Officials and emergency service personnel salvaged the silverware and it was hurriedly put back inside the bus.
Then there was the story of Muhammad Ali, who won Olympic boxing gold in 1960.
It was reported later that he threw the medal into the Ohio River after being refused service at a diner, but, as recalled by the Guardian, that was never the case.
He simply lost it, and was awarded a replacement during half-time of a basketball game at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
So, Murphy is in exalted company of sportsmen to lose their prized possessions only to get them back.
Honesty, in this case, was definitely the best policy.
Thanks to Balls.ie for the story.