After a terrible 41-14 loss Thursday, one Georgia Southern football player was still helping out his school after the grueling game.
J.D. King and his Eagles (2-5) could have easily hung their heads and walked out of Mobile’s Hancock Whitney Stadium in shame. South Alabama scored a bunch, and quarterback Jake Bentley put up five touchdowns in a record-setting night.
But King saw the Georgia State cheerleading squad needed and hand, and he jumped to help out.
WJCL broadcaster and Georgia Southern Football pregame host Frank Sulkowski took a video clip of the player helping the cheer squad. King took one end of the heavy equipment with a cheerleader, and the two walked out of the stadium. King had his game helmet in the other hand.
Though King only had six carries for three yards in the loss, the senior running back from Fitzgerald, Ga. scored a touchdown. King once played at Oklahoma State and transferred back to his home state. Last year, King suffered an ACL tear and missed games. That injury hurt for the Eagles.
At the time, head coach Chad Lunsford said it was a loss for the team, but King would be back.
“However, he is an even better person and leader for this team. His leadership and love for his teammates are invaluable and will still be a massive part of our program as we look to finish 2020 strong. GATA!” Lunsford tweeted.
Fans on Twitter were glad King stepped in, and even one Georgia State fan said his momma raised him right.
Plus, maybe the team was in a caravan and had to get to the buses as soon as possible. Georgia Southern had over a seven-hour trip after the late-night game.
The cheerleaders won’t forget the senior player’s act of kindness.
Nebraska Players Honor One Of Their Own
Earlier this season, the Cornhusker football team showed a video to honor service members and first responders. It was another nice, kind gesture like the Georgia Southern player’s.
One of those honorees was junior linebacker Damian Jackson. Before playing with the team, Jackson was a Navy SEAL for four years before coming to Lincoln. Jackson has played three seasons with the team.
The team and the school honored Jackson’s service as he protected the country with his commitment to the military branch.
Jackson held the American flag as he walked down a street in the video. Soon, Nebraska fans follow him, and the video’s slow-motion effect goes plays along with Lady Bri’s “This Will Be The Day” song in the background.
Jackson joins other first responders, including a doctor, a firefighter, and a sheriff. Other veterans, including an amputee, come up with Jackson’s crew.
Finally, Jackson removes his helmet, and he salutes the veteran while the veteran salutes him back.
Many veterans and other former military members enjoyed the tribute, and thanked the Nebraska football team for their thoughtful video.
Nebraska plays at Minnesota on Saturday while Georgia Southern hosts Georgia State on Oct. 30.