Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon did not get the win over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday, but he did get to meet the QB after the game. Mixon was so excited about meeting No. 12 that he tweeted about the encounter after the game.
"Bruh.. I still can't believe I shook [Tom Brady's] hand today and had a lil conversation with him. I ain't gone lie I wanted to ask for his jersey but was too scared to ask," Mixon wrote.
Can you blame him for being nervous to ask for the jersey? I'm sure a lot of other players can relate to this interaction when it comes to Brady and other top players in the league.
Brady of course gets a lot of mentions on social media, but he saw the Mixon tweet and responded with a compliment and a gift.
Mixon, who had a stellar game against one of the league's top defenses, obviously got the attention of Brady during the game as well. The 23-year-old RB clocked on 25 carries and three catches for 20 yards.
After Brady responded to him and acknowledged his performance, Mixon said he was at a loss for words.
After a few minutes of trying to find some words to describe how he felt about it all, Mixon said it made his year. He also said a No. 28 jersey was on its way to Foxboro for TB12.
Brady kept his promise and it was reported that Mixon was "clutching" a Brady jersey in the locker room on Friday. No word yet on if a Mixon jersey has arrived at 1 Patriot Place.
Mixon posed very proudly with the jersey that had a personalized note reading, "Joe, a great player! Keep going!" and "Bay Area's best" with a Brady signature to complete the message.
I'm sure he will have that framed somewhere.
Man I say this in the most humbled way I’m so Blessed to be playing this game. Super Thankful for the https://t.co/eD9G0mRPE1. @TomBrady Best Christmas gift ever. Later Today I’m headed down to the boys and girls club today to give the gift forward today with my own jersey’s. pic.twitter.com/EpBtPSMigq— ⚡️Primetime!!!⚡️ (@Joe_MainMixon) December 20, 2019
The RB said it was the best Christmas present he could ask for and is paying it forward by going to the Boys & Girls Club and donating some of his own jerseys.
Brady knows how Mixon was feeling, because way back when, a very very long time ago, the now-old man QB was just a young kid trying to make it in the league.
"I understand kind of how it goes. You see these guys playing on TV and then you meet them, and it's surreal," Brady said on WEEI. "I've been around Joe Montana and Steve Young and Jerry Rice and Brett Favre, some of the greats, and I feel the same way about them. So, it's just part of our nature."
In the league, there is of course competition, but Brady noted that there is always a base of admiration for others.
"The NFL has a camaraderie, and for as hard as we play and as violent as the game is, there's a lot of respect that you really find in contact sports, because you realize the level of commitment and dedication that it takes," he said.