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NFL Player's Good Deed Goes Viral

| by Nicholas Roberts
Devonta Freeman with Denise and Eleanor SzendelDevonta Freeman with Denise and Eleanor Szendel

NFL player Devonta Freeman, running back for the Atlanta Falcons, was out on a run when he saw an elderly woman having trouble unloading her lawnmower.

At that moment, Freeman decided to ask 82-year-old Eleanor Szendel and her daughter-in-law, Denise, if they needed help finishing up yard work before it got dark out, according to The Tallahassee Democrat.

Eleanor ended up declining Freeman's offer, as she was already finished mowing the lawn, according to Mad World News.

She was impressed that Freeman had even offered to help her with her lawn.

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Eleanor and Denise chatted with Freeman for a while, eventually taking an affectionate selfie.

"My mom recognized him because she’s had all four of her kids, a daughter-in-law and son-in-law go to [Florida State University] over the last 12 years, and so she was like 'You're Devonta Freeman,'" Eleanor's son, Bryan, wrote on Facebook after the meeting with Freeman, a former FSU player. "So he got a kick out of it. It was a quick interaction, but my mom was excited and texted us all the picture. It was just a really nice thing, and he was a really sweet guy."

Bryan said he hopes to tell his future children about the encounter.

"It was just really exciting. It made me just really appreciate it that there are athletes and role models who can do things like this, and it's just make a really good example for what could be for people in that position."

Sources: Mad World News, The Tallahassee Democrat / Photo credit: Denise Szendel via The Tallahassee Democrat

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