Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oklahoma Sooners offensive lineman Donald Stephenson runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
The 2010 Kansas City Chiefs training camp brought us this great story from a fan who brought her nephews out to camp. The kids were looking for an autograph from Eric Berry, who was signing for everyone as usual. The kids asked for Berry's gloves but he had already given them away. So what does he do? He takes off his shoes, signs them and gives them away.
Chiefs rookie Donald Stephenson is giving Berry a run for his money in the nice guy department. I came across this story from a Chiefs fan on Reddit. A big OU fan, this person was hoping to get Donald Stephenson's autograph after practice this weekend.
At the end of practice I try to get him to come over and sign autographs. But, he just waves and walks back to the locker rooms. A friend of mine, who coincidentally also played Baseball with Stephenson at Blue Springs, tweeted at me asking if I got my hat signed like I wanted to. I said no, and that it wasn't his positions day to sign. But, I'll try again some time. Not fifteen minutes later I get a direct message from Stephenson apologizing for not coming over to sign my hat. He said that he was just so beat after practice, he didn't think he could stand long enough to sign for everybody. But, he told me to come back tomorrow and he would sign for sure. I wasn't planning on making another hour and a half trip up to St. Joe, but I pretty much had to.
Doesn't end there.
As he started walking back to the locker rooms I shout his name, and hold up my OU hat. He looks over and starts to jog over to me. Then a coach of some kind started yelling at him that he couldn't sign autographs and that he was late already. Stephenson paused for a moment, looked back at the coach who was motioning for him to go back to the locker room, and turned around and continued to run over to me. He shook my hand and thanked me for coming back out, signed a few hats of mine and went to the locker room.
Love stories like this because Stephenson obviously didn't do this for others to recognize him. Check out the full story at Reddit.