Everybody has that one athlete they would love to meet one day, but it’s much different when you play the same sport as them and then share the same field as them as well.
Sunday’s game between Jacksonville and Indianapolis provided one of the best examples of how an athlete can still get excited meeting one of his favorite players.
Before kickoff between the Jags and the Colts, Indy running back Nyheim Hines spotted Jags receiver Tavon Austin on the sidelines. However, he wasn’t too sure it was him or not.
In a video clip from the first episode of “Hard Knock in Season,” Hines is seen asking Colts assistants on the sideline if it was Austin that was wearing No. 7.
“I’m about to get a jersey from him,” Hines told one of them. “I used to watch his West Virginia highlights every day. Every day.
“I’m gonna try not to fangirl,” he told another. “That’s my dog.”
Eventually, Hines worked up the courage to walk over to him.
“I ain’t gonna lie to you, man,” Hines told him. “Look, I gotta dap you up man, you a GOAT, bro. Watch your highlights every day.”
Austin responded with some veteran advice for the youngster.
“Appreciate it, bro,” Austin said. “Protect the ball, bro. Keep your arms tight, baby. Protect your arms, keep your arms tight. Get some money.”
Hines seemed to still be in disbelief after the encounter.
“That is him,” he said. “He’s bigger than I thought he was, though. Yeah, come on. I almost fainted.”