First, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson wrote the names of the victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy on his cleats before Monday night's game.
Now, CJ2K has reached out to one of the victims' family, sending some Christmas presents to them and speaking with an older brother by telephone to offer some encouragement.
Johnson spoke by telephone to Jack McDonnell, who sister Grace was one of the 27 victims in the school shooting tragedy last Friday.
“You get a whole sense of it. He's trying to be strong, but I can tell how he feels,” Johnson said of the boy. “I lost my grandmother earlier this year, and knowing how that feels, I just wanted to kind of do something to help lift their spirits.”
Johnson said he didn't want the notoriety that came from his gesture, saying, “I'm gonna still donate the stuff but I kind of want to step back I really don't want to make this whole thing about me. I did it for the kids and the family.”
Johnson became the father of twin boys earlier this year and said the tragedy made him appreciate his own children even more. He also told the McDonnell family that he was available to talk if they want to reach out to him in the future.
“The family, they have my number I told them throughout talking to them that I'm just a call away,” Johnson said.