In a humble sign of patriotism, a disabled man at an NFL game over the weekend was determined to stand for the national anthem.
Before Sunday night’s football game, a New York Giants fan was struggling to stand on his own to honor the flag. A fan of the opposing team, the New Orleans Saints, noticed the disabled man needed help to stand and leaned forward to help the man up.
Geordie Brower took a trip up to New York for the weekend to visit his mother, Lauren, and he included a visit to Metlife Stadium in his itinerary to watch his hometown team battle the Giants.
Minutes before the start of the game, Bower stood to honor the American flag during the National Anthem. In a heartwarming moment captured by NOLA.com, Bower also leaned forward to help out another fan to stand as well.
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
A photo of the incident has since gone viral on Twitter, as of Wednesday afternoon the photo had received over 11,000 likes and roughly 3,000 shares.
“As it happened, I honestly didn’t think anything of it. He needed help standing, and I had the ability. I hope anyone would do that to me.” Brower told the news outlet.
He jokingly continued, “I’d even do it for a Falcons fan.”
At the end of the game, Brower was notified that the photo had started spreading quickly on social media. The Saints fan was surprised to hear it was gaining so much attention because he had figured it was obvious to help those that are in need.
The disabled man has not yet been identified, but his patriotism and love for his country shines through his commitment to stand.
The two men may have attended the game in support of opposing teams — but in that moment it did not matter — compassion and kindness goes a long way.
–Kylie Handler is a news editor for The Horn News