There are a lot of troubling trends and negative stories in football and the NFL right now. Lately, though, there have been a few feel-good trends. One is the donations that fans have been making to players’ and coaches’ charities. Another is ticket gifts to lifelong fans.
The New Orleans Saints, and specifically defensive end Cam Jordan, were the latest to get in on the act this past week. They presented 108-year-old Saints fan and World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks with a ticket to next Sunday’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis:
Lawrence Brooks, a 108-year-old World War II veteran from New Orleans, was the lucky recipient of two tickets to Super Bowl LII from #Saints Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee Cam Jordan.
Posted by New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, January 24, 2018
The Saints, of course, won’t be in Minneapolis. But Brooks will be, and he received a special FaceTime call from Jordan as part of the gift.
WGNO in New Orleans has more background on Brooks. He was born in 1909, and served in New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II. He recently celebrated his 108th birthday at the National WW II Museum in New Orleans.
He was 95 years old when Hurricane Katrina hit his home city. Per WGNO, he and his wife had to be rescued from their roof by a helicopter after the storm. More than 12 years later, he’s still going strong.
Jordan, by the way, was the Saints nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. So he was the perfect person to present Brooks with the ticket.
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