After the Panthers beat up on the Falcons on Sunday, running back DeAngelo Williams gave a fan one of his game gloves.
Thanks to Facebook, the story didn’t end there.
Early Monday morning, Chris Haywood posted on DeAngelo’s wall:
“Thanks for giving my wife one of your gloves after the game yesterday. I don’t think my son has taken it off his hand yet…”
The post included a photo of Haywood’s son wearing the glove.
DeAngelo, who saw the post on his wall, responded to Haywood:
“My pleasure thanks for buying your son my jersey!”
Williams then shared the photo with his 215,000+ followers and said:
“Seeing something like this is one of the coolest things about being a professional athlete.”
No, DeAngelo. Seeing this interaction between you and a fan is one of the coolest things about being a Panthers fan. Thank you for being a class act.
DeAngelo’s positive impact reaches further than Facebook. He is a pioneer in pink.
In the summer of 2009, Williams asked Riley Fields, Panthers director of community relations, if he thought the NFL might consider letting players wear pink cleats in addition to other pink apparel the league already planned to allow.
“It’s amazing to see where DeAngelo’s idea has gone, from a simple conversation in June of 2009 to Brett Favre wearing pink cleats on Monday Night Football a few months later,” Fields said. “Players across the league have embraced this show of support.”
It’s a cause close to Williams’ heart. His mother, Sandra Hill, is a breast cancer survivor, but the disease has claimed four of his aunts.
“Whether you’re directly or indirectly affected by it, you know what it means when you put on the pink,” Williams said. “When I put it on, I wear it because of my aunts and my mom and for everyone that has been diagnosed and those that have beat it.
“I feel that those battling cancer are the real warriors and soldiers. They’re the ones we really wear pink for.”