Boy bullied for dancing defended by NFL player who does same dance

After being bullied for taking Irish dance lessons, 12-year-old Carl Tubbs was feeling insecure about his hobby. But getting to meet an NFL player who trains in Irish dancing for football has given him a huge confidence boost.

Joanne Tubbs, Carl’s mom, tweeted Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins asking for advice for her son who was getting bullied for the dancing. Collins replied with some words of encouragement for the seventh-grader to “never stop doing the things you love because someone else doesn’t agree.”

That shout out was sweet, but Carl’s mom also got tickets to see the Ravens play and arranged for him to meet his new favorite NFL player. Collins brought footballs signed by the entire Ravens team and hung out with his young fan, reminding him to stick with Irish dancing - just like he does - and to keep moving forward.

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