Picture this: After years of hard work, you finally get drafted into the NFL. You've finally achieved your dream and your emotions are sky high. You're simultaneously elated, nervous and excited. With all those feelings floating around in your head, you get surprised with a message from your childhood hero.
It would be hard to keep it together, right?
That's essentially what Fanatics did to some of the biggest names in the 2023 NFL Draft. Shortly after getting drafted, top players like Bryce Young, Anthony Richardson and many others received touching messages of encouragement from Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and a number of NFL legends.
Tears were shed.
In addition to Brady and Rodgers, Barry Sanders, Ray Lewis, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana are among the biggest names to appear in the video. Former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was responsible for the tears, making Chicago Bears rookie wideout Tyler Scott cry after mentioning a quote that reminded Scott of his dad.
At the end of the videos, the players were told to look under the bench they are sitting on. They all pick up a box with a signed jersey from the legend who appeared in the video. The reactions to those jerseys are the highlight of the video. Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Deuce Vaughn is extremely appreciative of the gesture, calling Sanders "the reason I play this game." Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Tank Bigsby quipped that he might have to sleep in his new Rice jersey.
Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson probably summed up the entire experience the best. After opening a personalized jersey from Rodgers, Thompson-Robinson could only say "no f***ing way" before excitedly tapping his feet on the ground like a kid on Christmas morning.
Considering the emotional journey those rookies were on around the time the video was shot, that feels like an appropriate response.