Jeremy Shockey A (New Orleans) Saint After All
Earlier this spring, Jeremy Shockey held a contest to win a date with him through Facebook. He encouraged participants to submit videos saying why they were deserving of having dinner with him in New Orleans. Just about every writer who inked words about this subject, including yours truly, panned the idea as just another sleazeball football player looking for a cheap hookup.
Perhaps that initial sentiment was warranted, given the language of the very first status message that initiated the contest. Perhaps the reaction from we writers was understandable given that it was coming in the midst of the Ben Roethlisberger fiasco. What is undoubtedly unforgivable is that nobody, again including myself, bothered to follow up on this story to see what really happened.
Shockey chose as his dinner guest a 10 year old boy named Tyler Hunning, who had just lost his father to kidney cancer during the spring of last year. Fortunately for the rest of us his mother, Denise, chose to tell me about the real story behind “Win A Date With Jeremy Shockey” (in her own words):
"My husband was David Hunnings. We married right out of high school and had been very happily married for 16 years when he passed away from Renal Cell Carcinoma (kidney cancer). David was a Lieutenant for the Moss Point Fire Department and helped to coach Tyler's baseball and football teams.
David was a Jeremy Shockey fan since he played for the Giants, and when Shockey joined the New Orleans Saints he was thrilled because that's our home team. Also, he didn’t have to hear me give him crap about pulling for a New York team anymore.
I had submitted a picture of Tyler playing football on Jeremy's Facebook page and Jeremy actually commented on it, so when Tyler got home from school I showed it to him. He freaked out that Shockey had commented on it.
That same day when we were looking at the Facebook page we saw the contest. Tyler wanted to submit a video and I told him no, because i thought it was for women only. Then a few days went by and I saw something on ESPN where Jeremy was talking about the contest and he had said it was for all fans, not just women. So again when Tyler came home from school I told him about it and he begged me to let him make a video.Continued on the next page