Saturday December 26th, 2015

Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls is currently out for the season with a broken ankle, but that doesn’t mean his fans can’t still see him.

On Christmas morning, a young fan named Sophie Ayers checked underneath the Christmas tree and discovered that Santa had delivered Rawls’s jersey. She was ecstatic.

 

She has loved watching @caged_catalyst since his first pre-season game! #seahawks

A video posted by Kim Ayers Anderson (@kimmers106) on

Luckily for Sophie, her mother tagged Rawls in the post. He saw it, and decided to surprise her hours later.

 

A photo posted by Thomas Rawls (@caged_catalyst) on

“Thank you Sophie for helping me get out of my bed when I felt I had no energy,” Rawls wrote in his caption. “Your video gave me so much life and I’m truly grateful of the opportunity of meeting you!! Your tears of joy were astonishing. When holding you our bodies shook with nervousness, we both squeezed even harder and that feeling..is a feeling We'll never forget!! #MerryChristmas #MadeMyDay #PplWouldntUnderstand”

Sophie’s mother also documented the moment:

Santa Rawls certainly left Sophie with a moment she won’t ever let go of.

- Kenny Ducey

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