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NFL's Jermaine Gresham plays good Samaritan for young woman who was stranded at airport

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NFL tight end Jermaine Gresham helped an American Airlines passenger get to her final destination after the airline was reportedly less than helpful.

What happened?

Delilah Cassidy, a recent college graduate, was on her way home from London to Arizona on Wednesday when she discovered that for some reason, none of her credit cards were working at Los Angeles International Airport, her connecting airport.

Cassidy said that an American Airlines agent told her that she would need to pay $50 to carry on one of her bags.

"I said, 'Please, is there any way you could let me through?' They said, 'No ... You’re gonna have to miss this flight. We can’t let you on,'" Cassidy recalled to People. "I was devastated, I started tearing up. I leaned over on the counter, really upset."

Cassidy said that a man walked up to the counter and offered to pay for her carry-on bag, which left her stunned.

She told the outlet that she initially refused his kind offer, but the stranger — later identified as Arizona Cardinals tight end Gresham — insisted.

Cassidy and her bag were on their way to their final destination when Gresham wished her a "good flight."

Cassidy documented the happening on Twitter, writing, "WOW okay so the most amazing thing just happened to me and I can’t help but share it with the world. American Airlines instituted a new policy where you have to pay to take a carry-on onto the plane. Which is ridiculous but off topic."

"I consolidate my bags into one and they measure it and say it’s just a little too big," she wrote. "They proceed to charge me $50, except they only take credit card, no cash. Since I just got back from Europe all my cards are being declined as Chase doesn’t know I’m back."

"They tell me that I’m going to have to miss the flight and head back to the ticket counter to pay down there," Cassidy explained. "I’m pleading, devastated after a long day of travel. Then, this man walks up and says, 'How much is it?' They tell him $50 and he says 'I got it.'"

"I’m astonished and tell him it’s fine not to worry and he hands the lady his card as the American Airlines employees stand in silence shocked by this man’s generosity," Cassidy wrote. "They swipe the card and he tells me to have a great flight and hop on board."

"I’m crying as I write this and as I board the flight. This man was an angel," she wrote. "I stop him as he’s sitting in first class and try to give him my money but he just shook me off and told me to pay it forward."

She concluded, "My heart is so happy. There are good people in this world. Be that person for someone because I know after this I sure will be."

Cassidy went on to share a photo of herself and her airline angel with the caption, "Update: It was Jermaine Gresham."

What did Cassidy say when she learned Gresham helped her?

People reported that a flight attendant told Cassidy the man who'd footed the bill for her bag was Gresham.

"I was shocked! He was so human. He was just so personable. I didn’t see him as, 'This is Jermaine Gresham,' I saw him as a stranger who helped me," Cassidy recalled. "I was excited to know it was him, but if it was a random stranger and I never knew their name it would still mean just as much."

Cassidy said that she thanked Gresham again after they landed in Arizona and told him that she now knew who he was.

"He said, 'If I was in that situation and I was gonna miss my flight ... I would hope someone would do the same thing for me,'" she told People.

Cassidy said the Cardinals tight end remained as humble as ever, even after she told him that she knew his identity.

"I was stunned," she admitted. "I want everyone to recognize how amazing it was that this guy did this!. He didn’t expect anything to come from this. He never told me his name. He did it anonymously. It was so honest and so pure."

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