Here's a look back at some heartwarming stories from this NFL offseason – WVTM13 Birmingham

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The 2023 NFL season returns Thursday night as the reigning Super Bowl champions — the Kansas City Chiefs — take on the Detroit Lions.
Before football takes over every Sunday (and Thursday and Monday) for the next few months, let’s take a look back at this offseason and some of the heartwarming stories involving NFL players.
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As he grew up, NFL lineman Bradley Bozeman loved spending time with Uncle Roy, his smooth voice comforting Bradley. Roy’s peanut brittle and pound cakes were the best ever, and Roy’s old F-150 pickup was Bradley Bozeman’s happy place, its rust giving it character as Bradley bounced in the front seat on hot summer days.
Uncle Roy passed away just over a year ago.
It was this Father’s Day when Bozeman walked down the long driveway at his home outside Charlotte, North Carolina. Bradley was relaxing after his voluntary workouts, and mini-camp with the Carolina Panthers. Nikki, his wife, summoned Bradley to the driveway. It was about to be the best Father’s Day ever.
“Happy Father’s Day,” said Nikki as the truck keys were placed in Bradley’s palm.
Nikki had known for years that Bradley loved that Ford F-150. When family members called and offered the truck to Nikki, she kept the news a secret.
The wind was warm as it drifted through the truck. Bradley turned on the radio as he took the truck for a drive around the neighborhood, a gospel music station somehow finding its way to the radio. Bradley’s heart jumped as he heard the gospel music.
Some severe weather didn’t stop the University of Oklahoma from hosting its graduation ceremony this May, but it did change its plans.
The ceremony was moved to Lloyd Noble Center due to the storm. But attending the graduation were some familiar faces.
Philadelphia Eagles and former OU quarterback Jalen Hurts was in Norman to get his master’s degree. The athlete was personally honored by OU President Joseph Harroz Jr.
Hurts received his graduated with his Master of Human Relations degree. He earned his degree through OU Online.
More than 20 organizations in Ohio and Louisiana are receiving funding thanks to Bengals’ star quarterback through his foundation.
The Joe Burrow Foundation announced last month that they are awarding $594,056 in grants to 21 organizations in Ohio and Louisiana that are working to overcome food insecurity and childhood mental health issues.
“We are thrilled to be able to fund these 21 projects in both Ohio and in Louisiana,” Robin Burrow, Secretary/Treasurer of the Joe Burrow Foundation, said in a statement. “All of these organizations reflect our mission of childhood mental health and food insecurity, and we are proud to partner with each of them.”
Former Bengals punter Drue Chrisman used his time off this summer to take up another job as a DoorDasher, delivering food to people around town.
In December, Chrisman was elevated from the practice squad, landing the starting role with the team he cheered on his whole life and even played for as a “Pee Wee” player.
For a few days, Chrisman posted videos to X, formerly known as Twitter, showing him delivering DoorDash orders to people around town.
Some food to customers, some to people in need and one to a cop at the Justice Center.
“Trying not to get arrested while delivering cookies to a cop,” Chrisman captioned the video.
The punter delivers all the food orders via bike.
He even got a response from DoorDash, saying, “Supporting local restaurants Feeding your community.”
Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth took time away from the football field in May for a trip to the Boys and Girls Club of Western PA.
Freiermuth also made a donation. He presented a check to the organization for $5,000.
For Friermuth, it was a fun chance to interact with the local kids. He says it’s an opportunity he doesn’t take for granted.
“I was kind of involved in it back at home,” he said. “Just being a part of that now, it’s awesome.”
The former Penn State Nittany Lion is starting his third season in the black and gold.
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