Here’s a feel-good story involving former Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley.
As highlighted by AL.com’s Ben Thomas on Tuesday, the former Tigers star visited B.C. Rain High School in Mobile, Ala., on Feb. 23 to surprise the player’s young protégé, nosetackle Carlos Johnson, during Johnson’s 15th birthday. Thomas reports that Fairley and Johnson became close through Johnson’s mother, Latrina, who grew up with Fairley’s family in Mobile.
Johnson came away with quite the haul. He was presented with four pairs of shoes, a necklace, 15 pairs of socks, a pair of headphones and a bottle of cologne, per Thomas.
“He freaked out,” Johnson’s father, Carlos Sr., told Thomas. “Nick has really taken my son under his wings. A video got posted of it, and it almost went viral. I think Nick and Carlos really have a unique relationship.”
You can watch a clip of the surprise visit below.
This is quite the selfless act by Fairley, who played for Auburn from 2009-10. What a way to give back and make a young boy’s day.
Currently, Fairley is a member of the New Orleans Saints after spending four seasons with the Detroit Lions and one year with the St. Louis Rams. The Lions took him 13th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.