Newly drafted athletes buying a thank-you gift for their parents has become one of the best things in sports, and with each surprise, the story never gets old.
Former Georgia running back Sony Michel became the latest player to get in on the act, surprising his mom and dad with a new car for each of them with some of the funds from his NFL rookie contract. The New England Patriots selected Michel in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the No. 31 overall selection. He also signed a pre-draft endorsement deal with adidas.
Michel documented their reactions on his Instagram story, as captured by 247Sports’ Tyler Sullivan.
Looks like Sony Michel took care of his parents and got them some new wheels. Pretty awesome. pic.twitter.com/QEi1XsbLtu
— Tyler Sullivan (@TylerSully) June 22, 2018
“I rather my parents live their best life now,” Michel writes in the first photo. “REAL GOALS!! Enjoy.”
It looks as if Sony went with an Audi SUV for his mother, Marie, and a Chevrolet truck for his father, Jean.
Michel’s relationship with his parents was well-chronicled during his time with Georgia, and their story of immigrating to the United States from Haiti brought them even more fans. Michel always has been vocally appreciative of the sacrifices that his mom and dad made for him to attend the private American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla., where Michel played football and put himself on Georgia’s wish list.
During the 2017 football season, CBS Sports produced a wonderful story on the journey of the entire Michel family, which you can watch below:
Sony Michel’s parents immigrated from Haiti to create better opportunities for their children.
Their dreams have come true with Sony being drafted by the Patriots. pic.twitter.com/6wIfkfxEGk
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 27, 2018
Michel earned plenty of fans for his work on the field in Athens during his four-year career, after which he ranks third in Georgia history in rushing yards. He also became a fan favorite off of it.
His glowing smile, talkative nature, UGA rap anthems and incredible senior leadership during the Bulldogs’ run to the National Championship Game cemented his spot as one of the Georgia greats.
After leaving school and before the NFL draft, he wrote an article in The Players’ Tribune, thanking Dawg Nation for all of its support, a piece that came straight from his heart.
The gifts for his parents are just the latest example of Sony being a Damn Good Dawg.