Atlanta Falcons wide receiver White found himself in a tough spot last week after he made a bet with a Twitter follower that No. 3 Duke would beat No. 14 Mercer in the second round of the 2014 NCAA tournament.
White, who told fan Dylan Hoyt he would give him season tickets on the 50-yard line if 14th-seeded Mercer beat third-seeded Duke in the NCAA basketball tournament, ended up following through with his promise days after Mercer upset Duke, 78-71. A team official confirmed White would present Hoyt with two seasons tickets and two Super Bowl tickets.
Hoyt also will receive pregame sideline passes to any one game and will be a guest of White’s at training camp, where he’ll sit in the VIP section and talk to players after practice.
White had originally tweeted that he would give the follower season tickets on the 50-yard line, but he later said that he would give the fan two tickets to the Falcons’ game against the Chicago Bears.
Some people felt that White—who signed a six-year, $50 million deal back in 2009—should honor the original bet, which left the receiver in a bit of a dilemma.
White had this to say after paying off the bet per ESPN:
“I’m a man of integrity and definitely a man of my word, and the kid is a great kid,” White said “We have talked about it for days while people were just speculating. And being a father, you have to be responsible for your actions. I have always been a ‘say what you do and do what you say’ type of guy. And I wanted to add some incentives because he was so cool.”
Classy move by White. He makes a valid point that he shouldn’t have to pay up, considering the fan didn’t have anything to lose on the wager. However, White decided to go above and beyond for the fan.
[Roddy White, Twitter]