Much to his surprise, a $50 act of kindness made Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham an internet hero.
It was crazy, he said after the Cardinals went through voluntary workouts Tuesday. I really wasn’t expecting it.
It all started when Gresham was standing in line behind Delilah Cassidy at an American Airlines gate at Los Angeles International Airport.
I gave him this huge hug, she said. I was crying into Jermaine Gresham. I didn’t know it was him.
Cassidy said that when they landed, she offered to pay him in cash but he declined and told her to pay it forward.
The Bears placed Miller on the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, one day after he signed a one-year contract. The deal was at least a goodwill gesture for a popular player who dislocated his knee trying to make a touchdown catch during the Week 8 game at New Orleans. He has undergone nine surgeries since then, but was walking on his own by late December.
Miller has been spending several hours a day at the team’s facility in rehab and meetings. Though he is not yet allowed to run, he can at least play with his children.
He’s also wearing a brace on his leg to hold up a dropped foot that was brought on by nerve damage. The nerve started functioning again in the past month, and Miller wanted to have a party that day.
I don’t think I’ve ever been mentally defeated — ever, he said. I feel good. I’m happy with where I’m at and with my recovery. I’m happy with the steps that we’ve made. Positivity has been one of my qualities that’s helped get me through all this stuff. I’m in a good place right now.
He said being around the team, having that brotherhood and people who check in on me helps.
Miller also praised chairman George McCaskey and an organization that has taken care of me since Day 1.