You hear all kinds of stories out there involving professional athletes neglecting or denying their potential as role models for youth. Not all of them embrace the idea that they have an influence on the children of today.
There was a case recently in which the actions of one NFL player on an airplane flight caught the attention of a nearby mom. She was sitting behind Mohamed Sanu, who is a wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons, and what he did caused her to take notice.HOUSTON, TX – FEBRUARY 02: Mohamed Sanu #12 of the Atlanta Falcons addresses the media during the Super Bowl LI press conference on February 2, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
His actions on this flight weren’t anything out of the ordinary for him, but what he didn’t know was that he had an audience. A 10-year-old boy was observing the star athlete’s every move.
The nice thing is that Sanu was caught making a lot of responsible choices. For one thing, he was very studious in poring over his team playbook.
Next, his politeness toward others was very impressive. Finally, he made healthy eating choices by snacking on fruit and drinking juice.
Actions speak louder than words, and this athlete’s actions spoke volumes. The young athlete watching him was deeply impressed, and even though Sanu didn’t notice the family behind him, they certainly noticed him.
It was something that the 10-year-old will always remember. The boy’s mom even took the extra step to make sure Sanu knew what his actions meant to her and her boy.
This definitely put a smile on my face. ☺️ the little things. pic.twitter.com/OFKpwcho5H
— Mohamed Sanu Sr. (@Mo_12_Sanu) April 22, 2017
Mom actually set a wonderful example by recognizing the positive aspects of Sanu’s actions and acknowledging them. So many times, good is done but it goes unnoticed and without validation, which is fine — but if we want more good in the world, we should probably work harder to promote it.
She wanted Sanu to know that they were aware of what he had done. The mother handed him a note, said “read it later,” and just walked away.
It’s wonderful that a successful NFL athlete is “tickled” by the fact he made such a positive impression. “This definitely put a smile on my face … the little things,” Sanu tweeted.
Your actions may not even involve doing anything out of this world, but they can mean a whole lot to someone else who sees them at the right time. You never know who’s paying attention.
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