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Mom Sits Behind NFL Star on Plane. End of Flight Hands Him Note, Says ‘Read It Later’ and Walks Away

You hear all kinds of stories out there involving professional athletes neglecting or denying their potential as role models for youth. Not all of them embrace the idea that they have an influence on the children of today.

There was a case recently in which the actions of one NFL player on an airplane flight caught the attention of a nearby mom. She was sitting behind Mohamed Sanu, who is a wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons, and what he did caused her to take notice.

His actions on this flight weren’t anything out of the ordinary for him, but what he didn’t know was that he had an audience. A 10-year-old boy was observing the star athlete’s every move.

The nice thing is that Sanu was caught making a lot of responsible choices. For one thing, he was very studious in pouring over his team playbook.

Next, his politeness toward others was very impressive. Finally, he made healthy eating choices by snacking on fruit and drinking juice.

Actions speak louder than words, and this athlete’s actions spoke volumes. The young athlete watching him was deeply impressed, and even though Sanu didn’t notice the family behind him, they certainly noticed him.

It was something that the 10-year-old will always remember. The boy’s mom even took the extra step to make sure Sanu knew what his actions meant to her and her boy.

Mom actually set a wonderful example by recognizing the positive aspects of Sanu’s actions and acknowledging them. So many times, good is done but it goes unnoticed and without validation, which is fine — but if we want more good in the world, we should probably work harder to promote it.

She wanted Sanu to know that they were aware of what he had done. The mother handed him a note, said “read it later,” and just walked away.

It’s wonderful that a successful NFL athlete is “tickled” by the fact he made such a positive impression. “This definitely put a smile on my face … the little things,” Sanu tweeted.

Your actions may not even involve doing anything out of this world, but they can mean a whole lot to someone else who sees them at the right time. You never know who’s paying attention.

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. James Higginbotham

    April 28, 2018 at 3:53 am

    yep.
    we never know what people see in us by our actions, and this is proof how we can influence those we don’t even know.
    both good and bad.
    by HOW WE LIVE AND TREAT OTHERS.

  2. Michael Mortician

    April 28, 2018 at 3:56 am

    GREAT STORY…..To Bad Kaepernik never learned this simple lesson of being a good person, instead of spreading Division, Race-Baiting & LOTS OF HATE!!! Thank You Mr. Sanu I don’t want to take away from your Greatness, on the Ugliness of others!

    • Trump woman

      April 29, 2018 at 4:14 am

      Michael you are so right.But some people will never learn.

  3. anne

    April 28, 2018 at 4:08 am

    I love stories like this!!!!!

  4. Charlene

    April 28, 2018 at 6:52 am

    What a smile maker for us all! ♥

  5. Lou7

    April 28, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Great roll model and gentleman! Thank you, now if you could turn the jerks around maybe I could watch football again.

  6. ALLEN FIZER

    April 28, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    I tried to post this on FacebBook but they would not let me. More reason I’m about done with my account there. what was “offensive” in this read?

    • Peter Dunning

      May 4, 2018 at 6:07 pm

      Me too…….Someone out there has the knowledge and means to build an unbiased site.

    • David R Chimera

      May 5, 2018 at 12:43 am

      Allen: I tried to share this on FB also and was denied because of offensive content!! WHAT??? There is nothing offensive for or to anyone in this article. I’ve had FB do this to me a couple of times recently on articles that were not even close to being controversial or offensive in any way. I’m fed up. This is got to suppression of free speech!!

  7. Claire

    April 28, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    It’s a wonderful story, but Facebook won’t let me Post it. I need to know how to contact them to give them a piece of my mind.

  8. Carl Nowell

    April 29, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you Sir for being You! You learned the values of being a decent person, a hard working Team Player and an inspiration to so many people from all walks of life. May you enjoy your future with nothing but good things coming your way. I wish ‘other’ people in this world would learn those values you learned from your family.

  9. Diane Giova

    May 3, 2018 at 1:47 am

    Kudos, Mr. Sanu!!! You are a WONDERFUL role model! God bless you!

  10. Tana Bouquet

    May 3, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    :-)!

  11. jetsby

    May 3, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Awesome story, thank you for posting this!!!

  12. Nancy

    May 4, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Thank you for being such a good example!

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