Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is, by all accounts, a pretty good guy. So when he recently stopped to help an elderly woman in need, it came as little surprise to those who have followed his career closely.
During a run in his Atlanta neighborhood Monday evening, Freeman noticed 82-year-old Eleanor Szendel was struggling with her lawnmower, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. He stopped and offered to lend a hand, helping Szendel and her daughter-in-law, Denise, finish their yard work before dark, the report added.
“My mom recognized him because she’s had all four of her kids, a daughter-in-law and son-in-law go to FSU over the last 12 years, and so she was like ‘You’re Devonta Freeman,’” Bryan Szendel, who snapped the picture above, told the Democrat.
The report went on to say that Freeman offered to finish cutting the grass, but Eleanor had already finished, so he hung around for a few minutes, chatted with the ladies and took the picture before continuing on his run. It was a memorable moment for both ladies, but especially Eleanor, who will likely look to the street for a friendly jogger the next time she needs help in the yard.
“She was just really touched that he stopped and helped her out like that,” Denise told the Democrat.
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