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Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry was scrolling through Twitter when a story about a Nashville first responder stopped him in his tracks.
In late January, the new home of firefighter Jeremy Taylor—a Titans season ticket holder and father to four children—was destroyed by a large fire. Fortunately, nobody was home at the time, but the family lost all their possessions in the blaze.
"I saw the tweet and I was just touched by it, losing a home is such a tragic occurrence," Henry told Titans Online. "Not only did I see the tweet, but I saw that he was a Titans fan and also a first responder. Nashville has been through so much as a community—the tornado, the pandemic going on, and then the Christmas bombing. I just wanted to be able to help someone in need and someone who has been helping everyone else throughout this pandemic."
So, Henry took a screenshot of the tweet and asked a member of the Titans organization how he could help.
When Taylor got to work at his fire station last Wednesday, he was surprised with a video message from Henry along with a $15,000 donation—$10,000 from the NFL star's Two All Foundation, along with a $5,000 contribution from Campbell's Chunky Soup.
Titans cheerleaders were on hand for the check presentation which also included a signed No.22 jersey.
"I am blessed, very blessed," Taylor told Titans Online. "(This) has definitely been a blessing to my family. I am very overwhelmed. I don't know what to say."
Thank you, Derrick, you're a true hero.