Professional athletes are beloved by fans for their amazing athletic skills—but sometimes it’s what they do off the field that makes them true heroes.
Like one NFL player, who’s being praised for an act of kindness—even though he thought no one was watching.
Aaron Jones has been a running back for the Green Bay Packers since last season. But he went viral recently after a fateful trip to Appleton International Airport in Wisconsin.
When Jones’s plane landed at the airport, he noticed the woman seated next to him looked like she could use some help with her luggage.
“She had a cane, she was dragging her bags, and I was like, ‘Do you need help?’” Jones said, according to USA Today. “And she said yes, so I started carrying her bags and when we were walking off the plane.”
It was a considerate act of kindness towards a total stranger—but it didn’t end there.
As they got off the plane, the woman had another problem: “The flight attendant told her that there would be somebody there to push her with a wheelchair,” Jones said. “There were wheelchairs when we walked, but nobody was there, and the wheelchairs were folded up.”
With no one to push her though the terminal, Jones stepped up and volunteered.
“I asked if she wanted me to push her and she said yes.”
Jones escorted the elderly woman to her daughter. She didn’t recognize Jones from his NFL career—but she did notice his Packers bag tag, which led to a heartwarming moment:
“She asked ‘Are you a Packers player?’ and I said ‘Yes, ma’am I am.’”
“And she was like, ‘My husband would’ve loved this.'”
It was a random act of kindness from the NFL star. He didn’t do it for any kind of publicity.
But little did he know, a bystander witnessed the good deed—and posted it to Twitter.
A Twitter user and Packers fan known as @MonicaAllen11 saw what Jones did and took a photo.
“Just watched Packers Aaron Jones push a random lady through the Appleton airport because there was no there to push her,” she wrote. “GO PACK GO.”
The photo has gone viral, with nearly 4,000 shares and almost 20,000 likes.
Jones got plenty of praise for his good deed—including from his coach, Mike McCarthy.
“Well, I’ll tell you, it brings a big smile to my face when it comes across my phone,” McCarthy told reporters, according to USA Today. “I’ll just say about Aaron Jones and our players: I’m thankful that everybody else is getting to see what I get to see pretty much every day.”
For Jones, helping the woman out was nothing extraordinary: “I was just doing what anybody else would do,” he said.
But sometimes, an everyday good deed is worth celebrating as much as a touchdown.