Former Bengals ‘villain’ goes viral as a hero

In one of the rare interviews he gave while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals, tight end Jermaine Gresham said he was OK with the fact that fans paint him as a villain.

Gresham was the exact opposite when he stepped in to help an Arizona woman who was in danger of missing her flight Wednesday.

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Delilah Cassidy described the incident in a series of tweets, writing that she was returning from a trip overseas and was unable to pay her carry-on baggage fee because American Airlines would not accept cash and all of her credit cards were being declined due to the banks not realizing she was back in the United States.

That’s when Gresham stepped in and gave the gate agent his credit card to pay the $50 fee.

Cassidy said she had no idea who was Gresham was. She boarded the plane in tears and found him sitting in first class and gave him a hug.

An American Airlines employee alerted her that the man who paid her fee was a professional football player, and Cassidy caught up with Gresham at baggage claim and offered to pay him cash or send him the money via Venmo, but Gresham declined and told her to pay it forward.

A villain turned hero.

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