- Published: July 13, 2012 at 07:21 p.m.
- Updated: July 19, 2012 at 01:15 a.m.
While some players are making headlines for the wrong reasons, others -- such as Ray Lewis paying a recent visit to an amateur football team in London -- made headlines for the right reasons.
Here are random acts of kindness performed by NFL players this offseason.
March 10 - Tim Tebow meets four-year-old boy with leukemia
Not long before his much-publicized trade to the New York Jets, Tebow took time to play football with one of his biggest fans. Tebow invited the family of four-year-old Preston Wilson, who has acute myeloid leukemia, to Tampa so the young fan could play football with his favorite player. The highlight? The youngster Tebowed. "That was awesome," Tebow said. "So good."
April 14 - Trent Richardson takes cancer survivor to prom
Before becoming the No. 3 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, Richardson accompanied a teenage cancer survivor to her senior prom. Richardson -- decked in a white tuxedo -- granted a wish by leukemia patient Courtney Alvis, of Hueytown, Ala., who after undergoing chemotherapy for a year was granted permission to attend her senior prom. Problem was, Alvis didn't have a date. That's when Richardson stepped in.
May 12 - Joe Haden takes fan to prom
Not to be outdone by his future Cleveland Browns teammate, Haden also stepped in to make a fan's dream come true for their prom. Joyce Grendel, an Independence (Ohio) High School senior, went out on a limb and asked Haden if he'd accompany her to prom via Twitter. It didn't take long for Haden to accept the invitation. For added effect, Haden not only showed up on time at Grendel's house but also in his white Lamborghini.
May 20 - Matthew Stafford donates auction prize to patient
Stafford was so touched by the story of a hospital patient that he bid on his own donation at an auction so the family of that patient could go see the Detroit Lions take on the Chicago Bears on "Monday Night Football" in Soldier Field. With a winning bid of $15,000 on his own gift, Stafford afforded the family of Mott Hospital patient Faith Falzone the ability to attend the late-October game.
June 5 - Donald Driver solves case of stolen cleat
Driver wanted to give a young fan a keepsake after his annual charity softball game, so he tossed his cleats and other items of clothing into the crowd. However, an overzealous woman swept in and wrestled a cleat away from a young boy. The entire moment was captured on video. Driver was able to rectify the situation, setting up a meeting with the boy, Stephen Wagner, who received new cleats, a jersey and baseball bat.
June 6 - Jermaine Gresham rewards homeless man
A homeless man saved Gresham from an expensive parking ticket by tossing an extra 50 cents into a meter, so the Cincinnati Bengals tight end earned himself some good PR by rewarding the man with $100 for his efforts.
June 20 - Brandon Jacobs meets young fan who sent him money
Jacobs was a free agent, and a six-year-old fan wanted the New York Giants to keep the running back. So, Joseph Armento emptied out his piggy bank -- all $3.36 of it -- and sent it in a letter to Jacobs. Jacobs, who ultimately signed with the San Francisco 49ers, was genuinely touched by the young fan's gesture and arranged to meet with the boy.
July 3 - Chad Ochocinco tweets wedding invite to grieving fan
A day before his wedding to Evelyn Lozada, Ochocinco received a tweet from a woman named Cheryl Minton, who asked the new Miami Dolphins receiver for encouragement and prayers after her husband of 30 years passed away in June. Ochocinco promptly responded with a wedding invite.
July 10 - Ray Lewis delivers pep talk to London team
The London Warriors, an amateur football team, went looking for a guest speaker ahead of their showdown against the London Blitz. The Warriors aimed high, and scored a visit from arguably the NFL's best motivational speaker. Lewis unleashed a trademark fire-and-brimstone pep talk to the Warriors. This wasn't Lewis' first goodwill gesture of the offseason. In May, the Baltimore Ravens linebacker helped a 10-year-old New York boy overcome his mother's suicide.