A photo of a New Orleans Saints fan helping a disabled New York Giants fan to stand for the national anthem, has burned up the Internet this week.
The image of Saints fan Geordie Brower, who was attending the game at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday, has gone viral because of the man’s selfless act in the stands, NOLA.com reported.
While the Saints crushed the Giants in a 33-18 final, the fans in the stands were obviously quite cordial. As the anthem began, Brower observed a Giants fan in front of him struggling to stand for the song. Brower said he instinctively leaned forward to lend a helping hand.
Photo from NY: A Saints fans helps a disabled Giants fan sitting in front of him to stay standing during the National Anthem pic.twitter.com/2ptFCQ3EdV
— Michael DeMocker (@MichaelDeMocker) September 30, 2018
“As it happened, I honestly didn’t think anything of it. He needed help standing, and I had the ability,” Brower told the paper.
Brower’s act of kindness did not go unnoticed. As the fans of the opposing teams stood for the anthem, Times-Picayune photographer Michael DeMocker witnessed the heartwarming moment and snapped a few photos, sending one to social media.
A little later in the game, DeMocker approached Brower, a project manager for Dickie Brennan and Co., and told him that he thought the photo he posted was starting to spread. Brower was shocked anyone even noticed his actions.
Brower shrugged it all off as just one citizen helping another in a moment of need. But the photo is a timely reminder that there is more uniting us as a people than we tend to remember in these turbulent times.
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