Seeing the face of a victim of senseless violence can often move us in unexpected ways. Some people get emotional. Some get angry. And some people get motivated.
That was the case for Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who chose to play for free in last weekend’s NFL Wildcard matchup with the Indianapolis Colts.
When news broke of the drive-by shooting death of a little girl from Houston named Jazmine Barnes, the details were tough to swallow for many in the area. A simple trip to the store ended in tragedy when a case of mistaken identity led to gang-related violence, and Jazmine lost her life.
When DeAndre heard about the tragedy, he knew he had to act. This was his hometown, and Jazmine could just as easily have been his daughter. So, he committed his game check for the playoff matchup, nearly thirty-thousand dollars, to help Jazmine’s family with her final expenses.
In the face of the horrific, we all might be tempted to throw up our hands in despair. It’s a common reaction. But instead, we can follow DeAndre’s example and take action.
Hopkins and the Texans may have lost to the Colts last Saturday, but he did something so much bigger when he committed to help strangers and work for justice.