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Nothing warms my heart like a little athlete altruism. We saw it last week with Colts’ Darius Leonard pulled over to help a stranger change her flat tire.
Today, a story is circulating the web about the 49ers newest outside linebacker, Dre Greenlaw. Greenlaw was selected in the fifth round (148th overall) after stringing together an productive college career as an Arkansas Razorback.
Greenlaw’s selection is especially impressive when you consider the trials and tribulations he experienced growing up…
Love Dre Greenlaw already! #Survivor pic.twitter.com/UOlHJPA8fG
— TheSFNiners (@TheSFNiners) April 28, 2019
Dre’s challenges growing up could have turned him bitter, but if this story that is going viral is any indication, Greenlaw turned out just fine.
The following is a transcript of a tweet story written by a man named Gerry Dales.
Dre Greenlaw was drafted in the 5th round by the SF 49ers. I want to tell you a little story about him.
My daughter went to a college party when she was freshman. She knew very few people at the party, and also didn’t have a ton of experience drinking.
Someone slipped something into her drink when she wasn’t paying attention.
Dre was also a freshman. And he knew my daughter from high school. And he did *not* know the guy who was all over her.
And when that guy tried to steer my daughter out the front door, he stopped the guy and said “she’s not going anywhere.”
He was a starter on the Razorbacks. His place was not secure. He was underage and at a kegger. He wasn’t drinking, but if there was a fight he was risking getting thrown off the team. In some ways, he was risking everything.
And he risked it for my daughter. The guy backed down, and no one saw him again. No one at the party seemed to know who he was, and my daughter and her friends never saw him again.
I didn’t ever tell this story, because maybe someone would say “oh, he shouldn’t have been at that party.” Maybe not. But he had my daughter’s back, and for that I will always owe him.
So, do me a favor. Root for Dre. He’s a good kid with a good heart.
Looks like I just became a Dre Greenlaw fan.
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