I don't know what is going on but it seems like UCLA alums are lining up with starring roles in some kind of NFL's version of "Pay it Forward" movie.
Last week we read an incredible story about Rahim Moore from Denver. This week it is Rahim teammate Derrick Coleman's turn. We have another amazing story involving an NFL Bruin alum - this time starring defending Super Bowl champion (groan) Coleman. It happened while Coleman was on an Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle:
Coleman, who grew up knowing a little something about being overlooked, stopped reading his iPad and saw a young Marine waiting for the rest room. Coleman stood and shook his hand and chatted. [...]
Coleman said he asked the Marine to take his first-class seat. Coleman would take his coach seat. The young man smiled and said no, he couldn't do that. Coleman kept talking.
"He said his name was Stoney," Coleman said. "He was in the Navy, and switched to the Marines. He had a leave. I told him what he was doing was hard work, and what I was doing was fun, and I was getting paid well for it.
"I asked him if he would allow me to give him this small appreciation for what he's doing for me and all of us. Hey, it's just a couple of hours in an airplane."
Stoney sheepishly agreed. They switched seats.
Read rest of the story here.
Guess the amazing Hello Kiffin was totally right. It doesn't take more than 10 minutes what "type of guys" want to play for UCLA as opposed to the school over there.