NFL Good Guy Steve Weatherford


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Steve Weatherford is one of the NFL’s good guys. The punter for the New York Giants did a good deed that took him all of five minutes, but those five minutes gave a dying man and his daughter a great deal of pleasure. Diane Brennan is a lifelong Giants fan because her father, Joseph Brennan, was a lifelong Giants fan. Mr. Brennan lived in Providence, Rhode Island, and he worked as head custodian in the Providence school system. Diane, his daughter, said, “Meager means, worked very hard all his life and provided very, very well for his family.” Diane follows Mr. Weatherford on Facebook, and she decided to contact him on Facebook and tell him about her father, who had been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. Also, she wanted to know if she sent him her father’s Giants hat, would he autograph it? She said, “He just seems like such a caring person. I don’t know, for some reason I just felt the need to [message] him, I can’t explain why.” She sent him a message. She said, “He contacted me right away and said, ‘Whatever you want and I will get it back to you as soon as I can.’” On 26 July 2013, Diane got back the autographed hat. Mr. Weatherford also sent a nice personal note. Diane said, “My father had a really tough time, going in and out of it, times of hallucinations and stuff. We put the hat on him and he smiled.’’ Mr. Brennan died on 30 July 2013 at age 79. Diane said, “Steve went way beyond what I ever could have imagined. We’re such a humble family. My father’s a very humble man, and for [Mr. Weatherford] to take time out of his busy schedule to do anything, we’re just average people, just fans that asked for a simple favor and he’s gone way beyond what we ever expected.” When Mr. Brennan was buried, underneath his suit he was wearing his favorite Giants T-shirt. During the funeral service, the priest mentioned Mr. Weatherford’s kindness. Mr. Weatherford is humble about his good deed. He said, “I’m thinking to myself this literally took me five minutes and this guy’s lived for 79 years and I’m in his homily?” Just five minutes, but it meant a lot to a dying man and his daughter.

For Further Information: Paul Schwartz, “Family cheers after Weatherford brightens dying fan’s final days.” New York Post. 6 August 2013

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