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Delilah Cassidy almost missed her flight. Then Jermaine Gresham offered to pay her bag fee.

Delilah Cassidy almost missed her flight. Then Jermaine Gresham offered to pay her bag fee.  (Delilah Cassidy)

Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham came to the rescue when an unexpected baggage fee almost kept journalist Delilah Cassidy off the flight – and his actions have gone viral on Twitter.

Cassidy was returning from Europe on an American Airlines flight, she wrote on her Twitter, when she was hit with a new policy from the airline that requires certain passengers to pay for carry-on bags.

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.

— Delilah Cassidy (@Delilah_Cassidy) May 30, 2018

Unfortunately, Cassidy was not prepared for the extra $50 expense.

I consolidate my bags into one and they measure it and say it’s just a little too big. 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.

— Delilah Cassidy (@Delilah_Cassidy) May 30, 2018

As Cassidy shares in her tweets, the gate agent told her she would not be able to board. That’s when Gresham came in and offered his card to the agent to pay for Cassidy’s bag.

They tell me that I’m going to have to miss the flight and head back to the ticket counter to pay down there. 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.”

— Delilah Cassidy (@Delilah_Cassidy) May 30, 2018

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. They swipe the card and he tells me to have a great flight and hop on board.

— Delilah Cassidy (@Delilah_Cassidy) May 30, 2018

Cassidy said once she boarded the plane she tried to give Gresham some cash, but he refused.

I’m crying as I write this and as I board the flight. This man was an angel. 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.

— Delilah Cassidy (@Delilah_Cassidy) May 30, 2018

Update: It was Jermaine Gresham. pic.twitter.com/aJ0bXoNm8Q

— Delilah Cassidy (@Delilah_Cassidy) May 30, 2018

Cassidy was touched by Gresham's actions and hopes her story will help others spread joy.

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.

— Delilah Cassidy (@Delilah_Cassidy) May 30, 2018

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Since posting her exchange with the selfless football player, her tweets have gone viral. Her sweet story has even prompted his teammates to jump in with praise of Gresham’s character, saying the athlete has “always been solid.”

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

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