A Philadelphia former firefighter, Hakim Laws, made national news in the early morning hours on Monday when he helped members of an apartment building escape a fire in West Philadelphia.
His heroism isn’t what was so funny about his interview with CBS 3 Philly, it was his jab at the end of detailing how he helped saying “My man just started throwing babies out the window. We was catching them, unlike Agholor.” Laws was referring to Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor who dropped the game-winning pass in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.
And once Laws’ video went viral, Nelson Agholor gave a fantastically humble response and offers a gift to the Philadelphia hero.
It’s safe to say that most American multimillionaire professionals are way too arrogant for their own good. Not necessarily selfish; many colleagues have accused Cam Newton of being a terrible teammate because the Carolina Panther believes he’s above them.
But Newton is beloved in North Carolina because of his charitable causes. Newton is notorious for helping youth through his Cam Newton Foundation and you can see it in home games (even away too) giving the football to a child in the stands.
Newton’s quarterback talent has undeniably deteriorated since his MVP season almost four years ago, but he’ll always be celebrated in the Charlotte area.
Sometimes athletes are humble. It’s rare but occasionally it does happen.
Nelson Agholor was the epitome of that on Monday afternoon too.
Around 2am, after the Eagles and Lions game, there was a tragic fire in an apartment building in West Philadelphia. A hero, Hakim Laws, described how he helped save babies from the fire when he hilariously put Agholor’s pass-catching abilities on blast.
Laws told CBS Philadelphia, “I see a guy hanging out the window screaming that his kids were in there. My man just started throwing babies out… and we were catching them, unlike Agholor and all his mishaps.”
The most Philly soundbite goes to this guy who helped catch children thrown from a window during a fire. pic.twitter.com/3rH69gU2fL
— Steve Lindsay CBS (@SteveLindsayCBS) September 23, 2019
This burn was in reference to Agholor dropping game-winning catches in two consecutive games.
But Agholor didn’t take this as a slight. Instead, the Eagles star wide receiver did the unexpected.
Agholor responded to an ESPN video tweet of Laws comment with, “Thank you for being a hero in the community, would like to invite you and your family to the next home game Twitter help me out and get me in touch with him.”
Thank you for being a hero in the community, would like to invite you and your family to the next home game
Twitter help me out and get me in touch with him https://t.co/uqML3eJ0QT
— Nelson Agholor (@nelsonagholor) September 24, 2019
That’s humility. A lot of people would’ve been deeply offended by this.
Literally everybody gave Agholor a shout-out for his gracious gesture, one even calling him a “first-class” guy.
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood tweeted they would “throw in a box of crabcakes, too.”
It’s unclear if Laws has taken him up on his invitation, but why wouldn’t you go to a free football game?