From April 25 to April 27, 256 college football players had their dream of being drafted into the National Football League come true.

One of the 256 athletes was University of Arkansas linebacker Dre Greenlaw. In the fifth round of the NFL draft, Greenlaw was the 148th pick after the San Fransico 49ers selected him.

And while the announcement was a surprise to Greenlaw and his family, he had no idea that the father of a woman he went to high school and college with was waiting to send him a special congratulatory message.

Shortly after Greenlaw was drafted by the 49ers, a man named Gerry Dales took to Twitter to share a story about the football player and his daughter:

The father continued:

My daughter went to a college party when she was freshman. She knew very few people at the party, and also didn’t have a ton of experience drinking. Someone slipped something into her drink when she wasn’t paying attention.

Dre was also a freshman. And he knew my daughter from high school. And he did *not* know the guy who was all over her.

And when that guy tried to steer my daughter out the front door, he stopped the guy and said “she’s not going anywhere.”

Dales continued by praising Greenlaw for risking everything to keep his daughter save at that moment.

Dales wrote:

He was a starter on the Razorbacks. His place was not secure. He was underage and at a kegger. He wasn’t drinking, but if there was a fight he was risking getting thrown off the team. In some ways, he was risking everything.

And he risked it for my daughter. The guy backed down, and no one saw him again. No one at the party seemed to know who he was, and my daughter and her friends never saw him again.

I didn’t ever tell this story, because maybe someone would say “oh, he shouldn’t have been at that party.” Maybe not. But he had my daughter’s back, and for that I will always owe him.

So, do me a favor. Root for Dre. He’s a good kid with a good heart.

The humbled father concluded by thanking Greenlaw for his big heart and also congratulating him.

In an interview with People, Greenlaw explained why he decided to help:

“[The young woman] needed help that night and I was just looking out for her when I saw her.

I just know I instantly stopped having fun and paid her my full attention. People were trying to get at her, but I called her friend and stood with her until she came.”

Greenlaw continued:

“She wasn’t in the best state and at first, maybe I thought she was drunk, but then she told me she needed help and that somebody might have put something in her cup… then I realized she really needed help.”

Hundreds of people praised Greenlaw for his actions and many say they are now 49ers fans as a result.

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4 Replies to “Dad Thanks NFL Rookie for ‘Risking Everything’ to Keep Daughter Safe at Party After a Man Contaminated Her Drink”

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Great job Dre…it takes really guts to stand up for someone you see might be in trouble! I’m not a 49’ers fan, but I am yours. You represent a larger number of young men than the news portrays.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Wonderful young man. I sincerely pray that the lights, money and fame of the NFL will not change him. From the number of players who seem to get in trouble for all sorts for stupid things – DUI, assault, etc. – that seems to happen too often.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    THESE are the role-models our kids need.

  • donna 2 years ago

    we need more people like that for kids to look up at,also who is will to let nothing get in their way.

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