Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham came to the rescue of a distressed traveler on Wednesday, saving a woman from missing her flight.
Delilah Cassidy chronicled her experience via Twitter after American Airlines told her she would need to pay $50 to carry on her bag. The gate agent told her they could only take credit cards for the charge, which was problematic for Cassidy seeing as she had just returned from traveling in Europe and her cards were being declined, she detailed over several tweets. She was told her only option was to return to the ticket counter to pay with cash, which would have caused her to miss her flight.
In stepped Gresham, whom Cassidy didn’t recognize. The two-time Pro Bowler walked up and asked how much the fee was before paying it.
“I’m astonished and tell him it’s fine not to worry and he hands the lady his card as the American Airlines employees stand in silence shocked by this man’s generosity. They swipe the card and he tells me to have a great flight and hop on board,” Cassidy tweeted.
Cassidy said she tried to pay Gresham back as she walked by him sitting in first class, but he refused and told her to “pay it forward.”
“I’m crying as I write this and as I board the flight. This man was an angel,” Cassidy tweeted.
After the flight, Cassidy realized that the man who helped her was Gresham and snapped a picture with him.
“My heart is so happy. There are good people in this world. Be that person for someone because I know after this I sure will be,” Cassidy tweeted.
—Field Level Media