Professional athletes are watched on and off the field by fans of all ages. However, not all of these athletes realize how much power their actions hold and can influence the shape of their fans’ lives especially when we talk about wrong life decisions.
One athlete caught a mother’s attention during a flight, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver, Mohamed Sanu, was on a plane to when his actions caught the attention of a mother who was on the same flight.
The mother was flying with her 10-year-old son, and after watching Sanu on the flight, the mom felt compelled to write a note to Sanu. He shared that letter on Twitter, and we’re glad he did because it’s absolutely amazing.
His actions on this flight weren’t extraordinary for him, but he had no idea he had at that time an audience who were watching him. A 10-year-old boy was observing the star athlete’s every move.
The amazing part about this is that Sanu was seen making a lot of wise choices. Firstly, he was very careful in pouring over his team playbook.
Then, his good manners toward others were very remarkable. Finally, he made healthy eating choices by snacking on fruit and drinking juice.
Actions speak louder than words, and this athlete’s actions spoke loud volumes. The young athlete watching him was deeply impressed, and even though Sanu didn’t notice the family behind him, they certainly noticed him.
It was something that the 10-year-old will always keep as a memory. The boy’s mom even took the extra step to make sure Sanu knew what his actions meant to her and her boy. So she handed him a note, said “read it later,” and just walked away.
You don’t know us but we wanted to thank you. Our son sat behind you on this flight and watched you. He saw you studying your plays, watched you make healthy choices with you snacks, food and drink. He watched how polite you were to everyone. He is only 10 but just made an elite hockey team and we are on our way to training in CT. You are an inspiration to children and for that you should be proud! Thank you and best of luck!
The family that sat behind you :)”
Mom actually set a wonderful example by recognizing the positive aspects of Sanu’s actions and acknowledging them. So many times, good is done but it goes unnoticed and without validation, which is fine — but if we want more good in the world, we should probably work harder to promote it.
Sanu publicized the letter, as he wants to tell the family what it meant for him to receive the kind message.
“It meant a lot, it was different,” he told TMZ. “I’ve never had anyone write me a handwritten letter in that manner.”