SHELBY, OH- It's not every day that an NFL football player visits a small town high school to deliver a student some swag. For Shelby freshman Michael Adkins, however, that would be a reality in class on Wednesday.
While checking out his Twitter feed last week, Adkins sent a private message to Los Angeles linebacker Joshua Perry requesting a pair of game worn gloves from the 6' 4", 255 lb second-year pro's college playing days at Ohio State. Though Perry says he rarely uses the social media site, he followed Adkins back and challenged him to get 1,000 retweets of his request for a pair of NFL gloves, noting that he had few pairs left from his time as a Buckeye.
Perry gave Adkins a week to complete the challenge which he would accomplish in just over two days. As a man of his word, Joshua told Michael he would send him a pair of signed gloves from the Chargers. When Perry, who has been training in Columbus during the offseason, noticed how close he was to Shelby, however, he decided to surprise Adkins in class with the gift.
Perry invited WMFD's Brian Skowronski to join him for the experience, which included a trip to Shelby High School to deliver a pair of gloves Joshua believes he wore during his final Bowl Game with Ohio State along with a signed photo from his senior season showdown against Michigan. Joshua saw what a huge Buckeye fan Michael was so he decided to give up a pair of his few Ohio State gloves as a special bonus.
Check out this heartwarming video that shows Perry's trip to surprise Adkins from start to finish.