Tre Boston says a man at a gas station convinced him to sign with Chargers

Shortly after the NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers cut safety Tre Boston in a cost-cutting move. Boston spent 13 days deciding between three different suitors before ultimately deciding to sign with the Los Angeles Chargers earlier this week. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills were also reportedly interested in his services, and to hear Boston tell it, he was down to the Bills and Chargers when fate -- and God -- intervened and convinced him to sign in L.A. after a chance meeting with a stranger at a gas station. 

Here's Boston's story, per ESPN.com:

"I crossed two lanes to get to the gas station," Boston said. "I pump my gas. After I pump my gas, I put my wallet in my car. After I put my wallet in my car, there's a guy with three kids and he asked me for a little bit of change, or if I had a dollar or two. I gave him a $20.

"So he tells me thank you so much, and that God put me in his life for a reason. And in my mind I'm saying you're here for a reason, too. So in my mind I'm saying should I ask him, 'L.A. or Buffalo.' And before I could ask him, my man told me, 'Thank you so much. There aren't too many people like you in this world, God's children. My name's Mike Daniels, but people call me L.A.'"

Boston said he started crying, taking the nickname of his new friend as a sign from the man upstairs that he should join the Chargers.

And as he reached for a tissue in his car, Boston said he thought he saw Jesus on an advertisement stand selling gas station cards.

Boston said he glanced back and on the stand he saw a card that said, "Jesus saves." The two men talked for another half hour before saying their goodbyes.

"I ended up giving him $100 because I knew he changed my life, just like I knew I changed his life," Boston said. "Honestly, that's the reason why I'm here. It didn't matter how much money was given to me. It didn't matter really who was on the team, it just happened to be a great fit.

"God told me to come here, and that's my testimony. And that's why I'm here."

That's a pretty nice case of divine intervention for Boston, and for the Chargers as well, who have been looking for another playmaker on the back end since losing Eric Weddle to free agency. 

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Jared Dubin is a New York lawyer and writer. He joined CBSSports.com in 2014 and has since spent far too much of his time watching film and working in spreadsheets. Full Bio

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