What a great birthday surprise for a 9-year-old, die-hard Las Vegas Raiders fan over the weekend.
Imagine being able to enjoy watching your favorite players during their pre-season practice in Henderson. Then, one of your heroes, wide receiver Davante Adams, sees you up in the stands holding up a sign and flips you a football! Imagine how special you would feel.
Well this actually happened to a 9-year-old girl from Utah who attended the Raiders training camp over the weekend. Benny Putnam was there with her father Dusty Putnam. She was holding a sign, letting the players know it was her birthday. Davante Adams saw her and tossed a ball up to her. She missed it, and so did her dad, but one of the other fans in attendance made sure she received the ball.
Benny would feel even more special when the Las Vegas Raiders stepped up and sent her an autographed football from another one of her favorite players, quarterback Derek Carr. She also received an autographed photo of Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. But wait, there’s more!
Benny and her dad will be attending the Raiders’ first pre-season home game of the season on Sunday, Aug. 14 at Allegiant Stadium, courtesy of the team! Now that’s what I call a very special birthday surprise.
Here’s the complete story as first reported by Channel 13 KTNV Action News in Las Vegas.
This encounter quite evidently gained traction on social media, with many people sending words of support and encouragement to the family. And this is why we simply love the Raiders in this town.
The Raiders, like many NFL teams, have programs that are geared toward youth development and outreach. The Raiders Foundation hosts programs such as youth football, flag football and other classes that focus on skill and character development, according to their website.