You'll Love The Reason Two Virginia Tech Athletes Are Taking Selfies

These Hokies are all heart.

Virginia Tech senior Darius Redman is a 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman for the Hokies, but as he's proven throughout the last week, off the field he's a gentle giant.

It all started unexpectedly when Redman was in line at Chipotle buying dinner and struck up a conversation with the man behind him. 


An idea suddenly came to him.

He thought, "I should buy this man's food," Redman told ESPN, recounting the man's naturally skeptical reaction. "He looked at me and said, 'What do I have to do for you?' " I said, 'Just take a selfie with me.' "

Redman posted the picture on his Twitter account. But he didn't stop there.

"After I purchased his food, I thought maybe I should do it for a week," Redman said in an interview with ESPN. "The smile it puts on other people's faces, they're really thankful for me purchasing their food, so that's enough for me to keep me going doing it."

And so he did, using the hashtag #CatchMeIfYouCan.

He even bought someone's groceries.

Redman's tweets inspired one of his teammates, Donovan Riley, to give him a little friendly competition.

Riley, also a senior and a safety for the Hokies, began buying meals for strangers, too, using the hashtag #ThisTimeItsOnDeuce, referring to his jersey number.

"I just felt it was something I needed to do to give back to the community," Riley told ESPN. "The Hokies are always supporting us at the games, so I want to show them I really appreciate what they do for us. I didn't see any better way than to purchase their meal when they least expect it."

“The only thing I want in return is a smile and a thank you," Riley added. “That’s all I look forward to.”

From the looks of it, Riley and Redman have gotten plenty of both.

"Giving back means a lot to people," Redman said in his interview with ESPN. "Being football players, we aren't always looked at as good people, so I was explaining to Donovan this is something we can do. It won't affect us, but it can make someone's day."

These guys are so much more than just athletes: they're role models and inspiring examples of good men. 

[H/T: ESPN and @DowzerW]


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