My tickets are behind the visitors bench. With about a minute left in the game last week my son ran down to the front row. He called to four or five UCLA players (using the last name from their jersey), asking if they’d give him their gloves. The first four glanced back at him then turned back to the action on the field. I don’t blame them for ignoring him - they were down seven touchdowns and a kid wearing a Utah jersey was asking for his gloves.
My son then saw #24 - Jay Shaw - and yelled out to him. Shaw turned around and my son asked him if he could have his gloves. Shaw immediately gave a big smile, took off his gloves, and walked over to the railing and gave a glove to my son, and the other to my son’s friend.
Classy move by Shaw - it would not have been easy for him to give his gloves to fans of the team that just beat him. But when presented with an opportunity to be kind and make a kid’s day, he took it.
Don’t necessarily know why I’m posting this - I’ve just been thinking all week of how Shaw acted in that moment, and I’m impressed by his maturity. He’s the kind of athletic role model that I want my kids to have. Thanks Shaw.