NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Last weekend, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis endeared himself to fans with more than just his on-field performance.
Leading up to the Titans’ wildcard matchup with the Patriots, Davis gave a pair of Nashville-based Titans fans tickets to the game as a thank you for their support of the team.
It all started with an Instagram direct message.
“I don’t know where the idea came from, but it just kind of popped in my head to send Corey a DM just being like, ‘hey man, if we can get up to New England, is there any way you could hook us up with some tickets?'” recalled Chase Duffey, an Auburn graduate and Nashville native who’s been a Titans fan his entire life.
Duffey and his good friend Jack Wagster, also an Auburn alumnus and lifelong Titans fan, had been looking at tickets online with hopes of going to the game, but everything was out of their price range.
Luckily for them, Davis came through.
TITANS TWITTER: show some love to @TheCDavis84 for being #ForTheBoys and hooking it up with some tickets!! Unbelievable player but even better guy!! We are #BaltimoreBound #TitanUp⚔️ pic.twitter.com/OuFAMAk47P
— The Tannchise (@hightop_chaz) January 6, 2020
“I usually try to do it at least once a year, give out tickets to someone randomly,” Davis said.
“It was really just some random person saying he had a way to the game, but he didn’t have tickets. So I was like, ‘alright, I’m going to hook you up.'”
When Duffey saw that Davis was going to come through for him, he was excited beyond belief.
“I was freaking out,” he said. “I was like, ‘there’s no way this is real.’ I sent Jack the screenshot immediately.
“As soon as he responded and said, ‘I gotchu homie!’ I went online and bought the plane tickets.”
After getting confirmation from the Titans’ ticket office that Davis had indeed put tickets for them at will call, Duffey and Wagster headed to Foxborough, MA where they were able to watch their favorite team defeat Tom Brady and the Patriots from Section 323 of Gillette Stadium.
When the game was over, Duffey looked for a way to show his appreciation to Davis for giving him the tickets.
He settled on donating to Metropolitan Family Services, a charity that provides economic, educational and emotional support to families near Davis’ hometown of Wheaton, IL.
“Not a lot of people are afforded the opportunity to go up and see the historic Gillette Stadium in January,” Duffey said. “I thought that would be a good way to show some appreciation for Corey helping out the fan base.”
As for Davis, who will likely soon see his social media accounts flooded with similar requests, he’s just glad that he could show some love to a fan that has shown plenty of love, himself, to the Titans.
“We love our fans, it’s that simple,” he said. “They always show love to us by coming to the games, traveling, things like that.
“Any way that we can show love to them, we’re going to do it. No doubt.”
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