Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess made a promise to a fallen soldier’s mom before taking the field Monday night against the Miami Dolphins and had no intentions of breaking that promise. Yesterday’s MNF game was Carolina’s “Salute to Service” game. The team met with military families before facing off against the Dolphins, with Funchess getting the chance to meet Tina Palmer, mother of Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, a US Army sniper who lost his life serving his country. Funchess wore his initials on his helmet Monday night, promising his mother that he would score a touchdown for her son and make sure she got the touchdown ball. “It was an honor to get in the end zone for her” said Funchess, who scored two touchdowns on the night for good measure in the Panthers’ 45-21 win over the Dolphins.
Heartwarming story here. Funchess took a little page out of his quarterback Cam Newton’s textbook by giving away the touchdown ball. With so much politics being revolved around the game today, it is nice to see just a simple act of genuine kindness going a long way in the NFL.