Teen Football Players Make Bullied Boy’s Day with Selfless Gift and Friendship

The antagonism between “the jocks” and the bullied “loners” is an old story, but two football players in Memphis, Tennessee, just made the lie to that old saw and their story will leave you with a lump in your throat.

When a teenager bullied because his family is too poor to buy new clothes was approached by a pair of his school’s football players, the boy froze in fear. But when the players revealed what they were there to talk to him about, the boy ended up both shocked and immensely grateful.

A cellphone caught the moment when two football players approached the bullied teen to apologize for kids who laughed at him for constantly wearing the same clothing to school. But they also took the next step by handing the boy some new clothes and a pair of new sneakers.

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“You know we were in the same third period?” said Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School football player Kristopher Graham. “I want to apologize for laughing at you and I want to give something to you to make it up.”

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Graham and his football teammate Antwann Garrett then presented their gift to freshman Michael Todd right there in the school’s hallway.

“I’ve been bullied my entire life,” the young man told WHBQ. “I don’t really have clothes at home. My mom can’t buy clothes for me because I’m growing too fast.”


Young Mr. Graham added, “When I saw people laugh at him and bullying him, I felt like I needed to do something.”

“I was very happy! Shocked completely!” Todd added.

Indeed, after the video went viral, the newsteam at Fox 13 reported that donations are now being taken for the teen and his bereft family.

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