offered a fan season tickets if Mercer beat Duke in the NCAA tournament -- and then it did. (Todd Kirkland/Icon SMI)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White took some heat in the media after looking for a way out from an offer that he made to a fan on Twitter. Prior to the matchup between the Duke Blue Devils and Mercer Bears in the second-round of the 2014 NCAA tournament, White told a fan that he would give him season tickets on the 50-yard line if Mercer beat Duke.
Mercer beat Duke, but White was initially hesitant to follow up with the deal.
Now, White has decided to pay up and he is going above and beyond what he initially offered to Falcons fan Dylan Hoyt.
Instead of just giving Hoyt season tickets, he will be giving the fan two season tickets, sideline passes for the preseason games, a VIP trip to training camp and two tickets to the Super Bowl. It doesn't get much better than that.
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White extended the olive branch on Twitter Thursday night.
White explained his decision to make good on the bet during an interview with ESPN.
"I'm a man of integrity and definitely a man of my word, and the kid is a great kid," White told ESPN.com. "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."
Obviously, Hoyt was thrilled with the development.
It's hard not to be impressed with the way White handled himself in this situation, when he really didn't owe anything. White is a man of his word and proved that he is a professional and one of the good guys in the NFL.