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Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham hit headlines for an amazing act of kindness

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NFL players are celebrated annually for their continuously selfless off field work to better their respective communities via the presentation of the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. 

Each team has it's own individual nominee before 32 players are whittled down to 3 finalists and eventually, one winner. 

However, the day to day acts of giving and kindness that many of the men who aren't even recognised amongst the 32 nominees partake in often go under the radar. 

The occasional social media post from a player or grateful recipient of a generous tip at a restaurant catches the eye for a brief moment, but the widespread good nature of the majority of the league's players isn't heralded nearly as much as it should be. 

However, Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham did happen to make headlines, Wednesday, for an incredibly generous and spontaneous act of kindness towards a complete stranger. 

Phoenix native Delilah Cassidy had just returned from Europe and had trouble checking into her flight after her bag weighed in over the limit. 

She was told by an American Airlines agent that she'd have to pay a $50 fee for her overweight baggage but as she only had cash her payment would only be able to be taken back at the ticket counter.

Going all the way back there would've meant missing her flight, and that's when Gresham came to her rescue. 

The Cardinals TE heard loosely what was going on and approached the desk asking how much the charge was. He was told $50 and said, "I got 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.

The enormously grateful Arizona State graduate tried to offer Gresham, whom she hadn't recognized at this point, cash as she passed by him in first class once the plane but he wouldn't take a penny from her.

"I'm crying as I write this and as I board the flight. This man was an angel," she wrote on Twitter.

It was only after the flight that she found out the man who'd so kindly helped her out in a time of need was Gresham. 

Here's the full course of events as described by Cassidy herself. 

It's a real feel good story and one that Gresham probably wasn't expecting to earn him so many plaudits, which is why the act itself is so remarkable. He didn't have to do that, and though $50 is next to nothing for an NFL player, he took the chance to make someone else's life better and easier. 

The world would be a better place with more people like Jermaine Gresham in it. 

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