Dolphins linebacker Chris McCain was an undrafted free agent who has only tallied nine tackles this year and plays mostly on special teams. But the 22-year-old rookie from Cal has already found a heartwarming way to make his presence felt in South Florida.

Before every home game, McCain gets onto the field early and scans the stands for a young fan. McCain will then take that lucky youngster onto the field and give him or her the tour of a lifetime.

For McCain, who never attended an NFL game as a kid, the gesture allows him to give a child an experience he or she will never forget.

"I  just always wanted to be able to go to a game," McCain told the team's website. "Just try to give back. It's just something they’ll be able to remember for the rest of their lives. Impact them as much as I can. I love kids. Kids are my weakness. Whatever I can do to send a smile, I'll do it."



McCain says he'll try to give the child a pair of gloves and, if possible, walk them over to meet their favorite player. A few weeks ago a pair of fans got to meet Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill.


For McCain, the gesture not only allows him to help a child live out a dream, he says it also has become an important part of his pregame routine.

"It just helps me get my mind right,” he told the Dolphins' website. “I go out there probably 30 minutes after I get there (to the stadium). I’ll go eat and I’ll go on the field, get a feel for the weather, loosen up my cleats, and then I’ll start searching. If I don’t see a kid, I’ll go back into the locker room for a little bit, stretch for about 30 minutes and I go back out on the field. So I make sure I find somebody.”

Max Scherzer's gift for Brayan Peña may have been late, but it was worth the wait.

The 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner bought a Rolex watch for Peña, who caught 71 games that year for the Tigers. While splitting duties with Alex Avila, Peña helped Scherzer achieve the best year of his career -- a 21-3 record with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts.

Peña, who is now on the Cincinnati Reds, tweeted this photo of his new timepiece:



Perhaps Scherzer was waiting for his contract to end before he sent out his gifts. Scherzer pitched last season on a one-year deal with $15.5 million. Scherzer, now a free agent, apparently rejected a contract extension earlier this year worth around $24 million per year. Assuming he inks a contract worth that much or more, he should be able to buy plenty more watches for his future teammates.

Scherzer isn't the first pitcher in recent years to buy a watch for a teammate after an impressive performance. Felix Hernandez purchased a Rolex for his catcher, John Jaso, after Jaso caught his perfect game in 2012. Roy Halladay in 2010 went above and beyond that, buying 60 Baume & Mercier following his perfect game. Halladay gifted a timepiece to all of his teammates, the entire coaching staff, all clubhouse personnel, the bat boy, training and video staff and public relations officials.

Olympic swimming champion Ryan Lochte managed to have some good times while adding more acts of kindness to his growing list of good deeds.

Lochte, the 11-time Olympic medalist and one-time reality show star, was at Penn State for the Nittany Lions' big game against Ohio State. According to reports, the 30-year-old rolled into campus hotspot Inferno Brick Oven and Bar on Friday with 10 friends and "a few girls who were following him around." Lochte ordered bottle service for his party and apparently made a good impression on the restaurant's staff. Kristen Arcangelo, the bar manager, said Lochte was "very very nice" and kept a low profile. Before heading out, Lochte made sure he left a good impression with the bar, leaving a $400 tip on a $425 bill:


According to the website Onward State, Lochte then went to the bar Lion’s Den, where he left a $100 tip on a $64 bill.

Over in Philadelphia, perhaps LeSean Mccoy could learn a thing or two from how Lochte tips.

The good times rolled on for Lochte on Saturday. After getting a workout in at the school's natatorium, Lochte experienced firsthand Penn State's famed tailgating scene.



Lochte was on the field during the game, which Penn State lost, 31-24:



Lochte didn't make any references to his tips on his Twitter page, but he did send out this tweet thanking the school for the hospitality:


DeMarco Murray may be getting a lot of credit for his impressive performance this year, but the NFL's leading rusher made sure his offensive linemen aren't going home empty handed.

Murray this week surprised his five starting offensive linemen with 21.5-inch iMacs valued at $1,300 each (for a total of $6,500). Tyron Smith, Doug Free, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick and Ron Leary each had a new computer sitting in front of their locker after practice Wednesday.

"It was pretty nice,” Martin told the team's website. "We just walked in and he gave them to us. It was pretty cool."


Murray is in the midst of one of the best seasons ever by a running back. He's run for 913 yards through seven games, 300 more than second-place Arian Foster. Murray has tallied at least 100 yards in each of the Cowboys' games, becoming the first player in NFL history to begin a season by topping the century mark seven straight times.

While Murray is a superb back in his own right, Dallas' stellar offensive line has provided him with great running lanes. In fact, following the Cowboys' impressive victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 12 left tackle Tyron Smith became the first lineman in ten years to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Murray has been quick to credit his linemen for his success:


It's not uncommon for a running back or quarterback to reward his offensive linemen, but doing it in the middle of the season is somewhat rare. Adrian Peterson bought snowmobiles for each member of Minnesota's offensive line after he was named MVP in 2012, while Tom Brady gave his offensive linemen Audi Q7s after the Patriots' perfect season in 2007.

The computers are perhaps not as luxurious as a snowmobile or a car, but Murray doesn't make nearly as much as Peterson or Brady (yet). Murray, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, has a base salary of $1.3 million this year. It's safe to say that if Murray keeps up his torrid pace he'll be rewarded by the Cowboys with a handsome new contract. And, in keeping with Murray's generosity, his offensive linemen will most likely be secondary beneficiaries of Murray's new deal.

For wide receiver Vincent Jackson, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' bye on Sunday was anything but a chance to relax and unwind.

That's because the three-time Pro Bowler spent the day with dozens of active military moms at a charity benefit put on by his Jackson in Action 83 Foundation. Jackson, who comes from a military family himself, and his wife, Lindsey, invited 40 mothers from the Tampa Bay area to the banquet. Each of the women was presented with a $1,000 gift bag that included diapers, wipes, car seats, strollers and more.

"I knew, growing up in a military household, sometimes things are tight," Jackson told 10News in Tampa. "I know it's going to go a long way for these families, especially these young families to help keep some of that stuff in their pocket."

Jackson, who signed a five-year, $55.55 million contract with the Bucs in 2012, started his foundation as a means of helping military families. The foundation hosts a summer camp, awards scholarships and puts on a host of events for military parents and their kids. Jackson and his wife have even penned a children's book about the hardships of deployment.

On Sunday the gift basket came as a surprise to the women and their families.

"[Jackson's] amazing," Emily Humphrey, an attendee, told 10News. "I was actually doing some research on his foundation before we got here. He just seemed like a great guy, great family and we're just so blessed that they did this for us."

Through six games Jackson leads all Buccaneers players with 25 receptions for 344 yards and two touchdowns. Tampa Bay takes on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Before he was even in high school, a kid from Wisconsin named Mitch Arnold started an organization called Peace Is The Goal. Its mission was to bring goodwill around the world by giving children around the world the soccer equipment they needed. Recognition for efforts, which reached more than 50 countries, included a chance to meet Mets star David Wright.

Christian Ponder and his wife, Sam, were in the right place at the right time recently to help a family coping with tragedy.

The Ponders bumped into Justin Robbins and his daughters, 9-year-old Brianna and 8-year-old Emily, at a Minneapolis-area mall. Justin, Brianna and Emily had endured an unthinkable loss weeks earlier: Maggie Robbins, Justin's wife and Brianna and Emily's mother, had been killed in a car accident. Lululemon was Maggie's favorite store, and Justin figured he would take his daughters there to cheer them up.

Brianna recognized Ponder, the Vikings' backup quarterback, shopping with his wife at the mall. Justin and his daughters approached Ponder and got a picture with the 26-year-old.

Upon hearing the Robbins' story, Christian and Sam wanted to do something to help. So they told the manager at Lululemon that they would pay for whatever Brianna and Emily wanted.

The girls were delighted to hear this, and they packed everything they could fit into a bag.

“After a while, my daughters had the whole store in a bag," Justin joked in an interview with Minnesota's WCCO-TV. "So I decided to say, ‘You're not getting all those clothes.' I allowed them to get one outfit."

John Lauritsen of WCCO-TV spoke with Justin and his daughters about the experience:

Christian, who initially wanted the gift to be a secret, deflected any positive attention directed his way.


Christian and Sam, an ESPN reporter, were married in December 2012. Their first daughter, named Bowden for Bobby Bowden, Christian's coach at Florida State, was born in July.

The Vikings starting quarterback for the majority of the past three seasons, Ponder lost his starting job this year to rookie Teddy Bridgewater.

With the Royals making the playoffs for the first time since 1985, postseason tickets are at a premium in Kansas City. But sometimes, it's not who you know to get hooked up with some seats. It's who you ask. Take the case of a fan named Nicholas Knapple. Like many fans, Knapple wanted tickets. Unlike everyone else, he asked Royals rookie pitcher Brandon Finnegan for help on Twitter.

Finnegan, the Royals' first-round pick this year from TCU, answered the call. See how this ticket transaction unfolded with these exchanges on Twitter:















With her schedule cleared thanks to a surprise early exit from Dancing With the Stars, Lolo Jones made the most of her free time. She spent a week in the Philippines working for a global non-profit and raising awareness for children and families in need of continued support.

One Child Matters is a Christian organization that provides essential services and items to more than 40,000 children in developing nations around the world. Jones was brought in to interact with some of those children and to help put on a sports carnival day in Poog, a rural area in the Philippines.

Throughout the trip, Jones tweeted photos of the activities and sights she was participating in. It wasn't glamorous, either: Jones reported on Twitter that the van rides to and from villages took up four hours every day.


Jones also encouraged her fan base to consider becoming sponsors for children and their families, highlighting the poverty in the region and how small amounts of money can make an enormous difference:


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10 people live in this one bedroom house. The two adorable girls sitting are sponsored by @i5church members. Their sponsor, Someone in Maryland gives up $39 a month, so that these kids are given schooling and daily meals. If you feel inclined please sponsor a kid on @onechildmatters and change their life #Philippines #impactTheWorld

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Despite the serious purpose of her trip, Jones found plenty of time to have fun. The Filipino kids proved more appreciative of Jones' moves than a primetime dancing competition.


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These kids will break forward. I wish I had more time to spend with them. Help me impact their future. Please sponsor a kid. @onechildmatters #worldChanger #Philippines #beTHE5

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Damian Lillard wasn't on the court for Portland's 119-114 preseason win over the Los Angeles Clippers, but he was still able to dish out an assist from the sideline.

While participating in pre-game warmups, Lillard walked over to a couple sitting in the first few rows of seats, pulled out a ring box and opened it to reveal an engagement ring.

While the woman was still in shock, Lillard gave the ring to the boyfriend, stepped back and let him do his thing.

The full scene was captured in the video below:

A horribly awkward scene was avoided when the woman said yes.

Lillard is an NBA star that has relished fan involvement during his short time in the NBA. Check out the video below to see how he defended a Special Olympics participant from online bullying.

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