Anthony Harris makes tough times brighter for young Eagles fan

Anthony Harris #28, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Anthony Harris #28, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Sometimes, we spend so much time talking about Cover-2 alignments and what Anthony Harris‘ role was on any given play that we forget about the fact that he’s a great guy playing a child’s game for millions of dollars. Sometimes, when other Philadelphia Eagles, like Lane Johnson or Brandon Brooks, are brave enough to share their stories of overcoming personal conflict we’re reminded that these guys are more than just Fantasy points and the players who influence Madden ratings.

Personal loss that resembles what 11-year-old Audrey Soape is learning to deal with can be shared by men and women young and old. She lost her father and grandfather in the same year, but Anthony Harris decided to do something about that. He took time out of his schedule to put the figurative S on his chest.

Yep, it’s official. Superman is no longer a fictional character. He’s six-foot-one. He’s 202 pounds, and this past season, he played in 14 regular-season games for the Eagles, racking up 72 tackles and an interception in the process.

Anthony Harris shares a moment with a young Eagles fan that she’ll remember forever.

It’s easy to say ‘I know what you’re going through’, but no one other than Audrey knows how she was feeling following not one but two losses involving two men that had the most influence in her life. Thankfully, during personal loss, this young Eagles fan found a reason to smile.

Audrey’s mother, Holly, is a native of Minnesota and began following Harris when he was a member of the Vikings, so she had a wild idea. She reached out to him via social media to see if he’d be willing to accompany her to a father-daughter dance in Texas. His response?

“Not only will I come… I will treat (Audrey) like a princess.” Harris flew out to Texas, covered the cost of Audrey’s shoes, dress, hair, and makeup, and sent a car to pick her up. Take a look at some of the highlights.

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What else needs to be said? All it takes is a little effort to do something magical. Try it sometimes. You never know what the result might wind up being.