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Jerell Adams is awesome

Big Rick in FL : 10/5/2017 11:09 pm
Idk how else to get this out there, but with a lot of football players getting a bad reputation I wanted to point out one of the good guys. I was at the Giants team hotel in Tampa last week. Got some pics with some of the guys on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Well Jerell Adams came outside to speak to his family. When he was done I called him over to sign a few autographs for the kids that were outside. There was a teenage boy out there trying to get autographs. I'm pretty sure he had some kind of illness. Maybe autism? I'm not 100% sure. One of the happiest kids I've ever met and was extremely excited he got to meet the guys. All of the guys were very nice to the kid, but Adams went above and beyond. He signed an autograph for the kid and without asking the kid just gave him a hug. You could never tell that it was an unplanned hug. Adams didn't try to move away or anything. He just leaned in and hugged the kid back like he was a family member.

There are a lot of bad things going on in the World and I had a shitty week last week (Got laid off & my fuel pump went) but that kind gesture by Adams just completely made my year. It was such a small thing and I may be making a bigger deal then what it was I don't know? All I know was that it put a huge smile on my face and it made me happy in my heart. So Jerell if you are reading this I just wanted to say Thank You! It made me proud to be a New York Giants fan.
Great story  
Marty866b : 10/5/2017 11:13 pm : link
Thanks Rick.
Awesome story  
TXRabbit : 10/5/2017 11:14 pm : link
In a league of classless prima-donnas, this makes me happy.
Thanks for sharing
Thanks for sharing Rick  
Rjanyg : 10/5/2017 11:18 pm : link
I hope you get your job back soon. God bless!
TXRabbit  
Big Rick in FL : 10/5/2017 11:22 pm : link
To be completely honest with you the league is more full of guys with a ton of class as opposed to classless players. I've met 1000s of them and unfortunately the media doesn't do stories about the good guys. So the fans don't know about it. For every one classless player (Rodgers/Brady/Watt) there are 20 who do great things for people.

Which I have no problem with a dickhead like Rodgers as he doesn't pretend to be a nice guy. He's a known dick. I do have a problem with assholes like Brady & Watt who put on a show for the camera. Meanwhile they won't even acknowledge a fans existence let alone take a picture or sign an autograph for them.
Pretty sure you're wrong about Watt  
LawrenceTaylor56 : 10/5/2017 11:24 pm : link
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Rick  
TXRabbit : 10/5/2017 11:28 pm : link
I agree. Unfortunately we don't see enough of these "good guy" stories being called out, so we should acknowledge what we get
Big Rick - let Pat Hanlon  
section125 : 10/5/2017 11:34 pm : link
know. Pat will get him the message. Hell Pat may read the thread..but send an email to the Giants.
RE: Pretty sure you're wrong about Watt  
Big Rick in FL : 10/5/2017 11:50 pm : link
In comment 13632543 LawrenceTaylor56 said:
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Trust me I'm not. Great guy on camera. Far from it when the camera isn't around. I've seen him about 15 times without a camera around. I've never even seen him acknowledge a fan. Not a picture. Not an autograph. Not even a high five. Now his Brothers TJ & Derek are super cool.

Don't get me wrong I love what JJ did with the Hurricane Irma thing. That was great to raise all that money, but I have a problem when you act a certain way in front of the cameras & act completely different when they aren't around.
Sec  
Big Rick in FL : 10/5/2017 11:54 pm : link
I actually just did email Pat. So hopefully he can get the message to Jerell.

TX - It's really fucking sad what the media will cover and what it won't cover. I live in Tampa so I'm around Bucs players a lot. Jameis was a complete asshole in college. Since he's been in the NFL he's done a complete 180. Super nice guy now that does a ton for the community. Hosts charity events. Attends even more events. Interacts with the fans. Treats them very well. Never heard a word about it from the national media.

Same thing with a lot of the Bucs players. You never hear anything from the media, but guys like Mike Evans, Kwon Alexander, Lavonte David, Gerald McCoy, Cam Brate do charity stuff on almost a weekly basis. Nobody ever acknowledges it. It's actually really sad.
Thanks for sharing  
Howyadoin : 10/6/2017 12:21 am : link
Awesome story!!
Beautiful, wonderful.  
Montreal Man : 10/6/2017 5:04 am : link
So few of us realize that it takes soooo LITTLE to make people happy. So little. With big, big rewards.

Hope things go better for you ... and soon.
Heart warming story Rick...  
Capt. Don : 10/6/2017 7:39 am : link
thanks for sharing.
Also, very sorry to hear about your job...  
Capt. Don : 10/6/2017 7:54 am : link
It happened to me twice in two years when the recession was in full swing. Sucks. Best of luck moving forward.
Thanks guys!  
Big Rick in FL : 10/6/2017 8:22 am : link
I appreciate all the well wishes. This is the first time it's happened to me so it was a bit of a culture shock, but I'm sure it will work out for the best. Luckily I've got a few ways to make a little side money until I find something (legal side money lol)
I don t have much contact with professional  
joeinpa : 10/6/2017 8:22 am : link
Athletes. But I do know half dozen or so that are pretty good friends.

They all tell me the majority of guys in the league when they played were good guys.

Those guys just don t get the attention from the media like the bad guys do Fans are guilty of the same behavior.

Not to stir this up again but Cam Newton makes an immature stupid mistake and many of us go right to he s a scum bag. In the eyes of many this mistake outweighs the good he does, which is plentiful.

He got very little attention for his good deeds, not the case yesterday for his lack of respect for that reporter.
RE: Beautiful, wonderful.  
Big Rick in FL : 10/6/2017 8:24 am : link
In comment 13632591 Montreal Man said:
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So few of us realize that it takes soooo LITTLE to make people happy. So little. With big, big rewards.

Hope things go better for you ... and soon.


Yeah we do. Like I said I've met probably 10,000 athletes and celebs in the last 20 years. Including Jordan, Marino, Favre, Elway, LT, Jerry Rice, Gretzky, Jeter etc etc and I've taken it for granted. To see the joy on that kids face and how he was so happy he just gave him a hug really helped put life in perspective. It was an amazing money that I wish the world could see.
Joeinpa  
Big Rick in FL : 10/6/2017 8:31 am : link
Cam does do a lot of good in the community so I can't take that away from him, but what we saw from him with that reporter is closer to what Cam actually is. He's a guy I've met since he was playing for the Florida Gators. When he was with them he was a super super nice guy. I remember talking to him before a Spring practice. Signed & took pics for all the fans. I remember specifically telling him to not change when he got to the NFL. He said no never I get to play the game I love. Unfortunately he lied. He's a guy who is right in the middle. At times he's super super nice and at times he's a dick. Which I understand he's a human. He is another guy who sometimes tries to put on the good guy look for the camera. Which I understand everybody has bad days. Everybody has good days & Cam's good days definitely outweigh the bad days.

It's just such a shame you hear the negative, but with guys like Odell, Evans, Jamies, Antonio Brown, Derek Carr, Luck, Matt Ryan etc etc don't the credit for the good people they are. Same with a lot of baseball players. Some think Alex Rodriguez is a complete asshole. Couldn't be farther from the truth. He's a guy worth a couple hundred million in the bank and treats everybody equally and with respect.
Rick  
lawguy9801 : 10/6/2017 8:33 am : link
Out of curiosity, how are you in a position to meet all these pro athletes?

And I'm sorry about your getting laid off - hopefully it won't last long.
Rick  
joeinpa : 10/6/2017 9:13 am : link
I ve never met him but it s not difficult to believe he s short with fans.

One of my friends started quarterback for ND for three years, Ron Powlus.

Firing his time of celebrity he had absolutely no privacy in public. Now Ron is a great guy, strong family, and he dealt with it in humility. But you could see it wear on him.

My point being some of these guys don t handle the public well, but it doesn't mean they are bad guys.

Not saying Cam is a good guy, I don t know, but he does good things.

Sorry about your job
Lawguy  
Big Rick in FL : 10/6/2017 9:16 am : link
When I was about 8 a few of my older cousins started bringing out to the teams hotel, practices and training camps. So from 8-18 I met a ton of players. Developed a relationship with a lot of them. So sometimes I help with some of their charity events. Also in that time I developed relationships with a lot of people who collect autographs. So if they get in contact with me they'll pay me to get stuff autographed for them. Took a break for a few years. Once my Cousin, Niece & Nephew got old enough I started taking them to games, practices and training camps. So I already had relationships with older guys that played from around 2001-2010. Took a break and now I have relationships with guys from like 2013 until now.
Beautiful  
holmancomedown : 10/6/2017 9:17 am : link
Great story. Thanks for sharing !
Thank you for sharing  
MadPlaid : 10/6/2017 9:29 am : link
I'm a big fan of Jerell's. It is nice to know he is a great guy.

Sorry about the job. Hopefully you will find something better soon.
He's also under utilized  
djm : 10/6/2017 9:49 am : link
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RE: RE: Pretty sure you're wrong about Watt  
Jim in Tampa : 10/6/2017 10:25 am : link
In comment 13632565 Big Rick in FL said:
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Trust me I'm not. Great guy on camera. Far from it when the camera isn't around. I've seen him about 15 times without a camera around. I've never even seen him acknowledge a fan. Not a picture. Not an autograph. Not even a high five. Now his Brothers TJ & Derek are super cool.

Don't get me wrong I love what JJ did with the Hurricane Irma thing. That was great to raise all that money, but I have a problem when you act a certain way in front of the cameras & act completely different when they aren't around.


Obviously I donít know jack about Watt and he may be exactly as you describe.

But I will say something in defense of the superstar athletes like Watt, Brady and others.

They canít go anywhere without being hounded by autograph seekers and other fans that want to talk to them for ďjust a minuteĒ. They are among the most recognizable people on the planet and they can never appear in public without somebody recognizing them and wanting a piece of their time.

And if they stop to give an autograph to one kid, within seconds there will be a large crowd of fans who also want an autograph. If the athlete signs for one kid or just a few, invariably some people in the crowd will say (or at least think) ďBoy what a jerk that guy is. He completely ignored all these kids that just wanted an autograph.Ē

But again, itís not just one group of kids. It countless numbers of fans every day and every time the athlete appears in public. If youíre familiar with the story about how Mickey Mantle was once asked for an autograph while he was in the menís room at a urinal, then you know that these guys are hounded constantly.

And please donít say, ďWell thatís the price a superstar pays for making all that money.Ē

No matter how many autographs they signed, fan photos they took or ambush conversations they were forced to have (like Ernie Accorsi having to speak with Anak, when Ernie just wanted to eat his lunch)Ö itís never enough.

Itís nice to hear the story about Adams and Iím sure heís a great guy. But Iíll bet he can walk down the streets of NYC and most anywhere else in the country and not get recognized. (Iím a big Giants fan and Iím not even sure Iíd recognize him.)

Watt, Brady and other superstar athletes just donít have that luxury.
RE: Rick  
RobCarpenter : 10/6/2017 12:50 pm : link
In comment 13632675 joeinpa said:
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I ve never met him but it s not difficult to believe he s short with fans.

One of my friends started quarterback for ND for three years, Ron Powlus.

Firing his time of celebrity he had absolutely no privacy in public. Now Ron is a great guy, strong family, and he dealt with it in humility. But you could see it wear on him.

My point being some of these guys don t handle the public well, but it doesn't mean they are bad guys.

Not saying Cam is a good guy, I don t know, but he does good things.

Sorry about your job


I was at the 1997 Notre Dame/Michigan game, Powlus had a nice game that day, Michigan won 21-14. In retrospect it seems sort of bizarre that Brian Griese started ahead of Tom Brady that season.
Jim in Tampa  
Big Rick in FL : 10/6/2017 4:53 pm : link
I could understand them being assholes when bothered in public. I'm talking more at team functions. Like before the game or after the game. For example JJ Watt was at the Outback bowl a few years ago. His Brothers were on the team. There were legit Wisconsin fans waiting outside of the stadium. Just like with every other team. People were just saying hello or asking for a high five or fist bump. He literally didn't even attempt to acknowledge anybody. He ignored the fans like they didn't even exist. That's just one example. I was shocked to be honest, because on TV he's made out as some underdog that is good to the fans.
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