One of the guests today on The View, was Nadin Khoury, a 13-year-old boy who recently fell victim to a brutal bullying incident involving seven assailants on his walk home from school. The attack, which was partially captured on film, featured seven boys (ages 13-17) dragging Nadin across the ground, throwing him into a tree, and finally hanging him by his jacket on a metal fence.
Something tells me that after today, those bullies may think twice about picking on the young man, thanks to a surprise appearance by three members of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Disclaimer: The writer of this post/blog was born and raised in Philadelphia and is thus a self-professed die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan.
First, Nadin opened up on the show about his experience, saying, “They were messing with me because I’m one of the smallest ones and, when we first moved to the area, they saw my mom was African and they made fun of my mom a lot.” (The family fled Liberia in 2000.)
Then, much to Nadin’s surprise, View host Elizabeth Hasselbeck introduced three special guests from one of Nadin’s favorite sports teams, the Philadelphia Eagles: Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson, center Jamaal Jackson, and guard Todd Herremans.
D. Jackson sat down immediately to the right of Nadin and said, “You’re brave, because this happens every day, and people are not brave enough to stand up and take this on. Man, bro, for real, you’re doing it.” Afterwards, Jackson took off the jersey he was wearing, autographed it, and handed it to Nadin.
Jackson then quipped, “Any time ever you need us, I’ve got two linemen right here.” And Herremans chipped in, “Anything ever ends up happening again, just let us know. We’ve got you.”
Well, the Eagles may not be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday, but this should be a pretty heart-warming condolence for Philly fans.
Here’s a video of the Eagles’ appearance on the show:
A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.