Headline-making foster boy guest of Jets’ Nelson
David Nelson pointed to the sky after his first touchdown catch,
sending a message to his new buddy.
And giving him a thrill he’ll never forget.
The New York Jets wide receiver hosted Davion Only, the
15-year-old Florida foster boy who made headlines with his
heartfelt adoption plea in October, for a memorable weekend that
included stops all over Manhattan on Saturday and MetLife Stadium
”I think the way I played today, I hope it made him proud,”
Nelson said after catching two touchdown passes in the Jets’ 24-13
win over the Cleveland Browns. ”I hope it brought joy to his
Nelson formed the nonprofit i’mME with his two brothers last
January to aid orphaned children. He invited Only to New York for
”a crash course in Christmastime in the city” after hearing about
how the boy stood in front of a church congregation and begged for
a family to love him.
Nelson, Only, plus one of the boy’s friends and a guardian spent
Saturday touring Rockefeller Center and FAO Schwartz, among some of
New York’s top holiday destinations. During the visit, Nelson asked
Only if there was anything special he could do for him during the
”He told me that after my first catch to point to the sky,”
said Nelson, who had four receptions for 33 yards. ”My first catch
just happened to be a touchdown and I made sure to honor him at
Only, wearing a green Jets jersey with Nelson’s No. 86, spent
the afternoon in the stands after watching the players warm up from
the sideline before the game. Nelson also posed for pictures with
Only before getting ready to play.
Turned out, Only might have been a bit of a good-luck charm for
Nelson, who scored his first two touchdowns of the season – against
the team that cut him after training camp.
”I haven’t scored all year,” Nelson said, smiling, ”so who
would’ve thought I’d score two?”
Nelson made the highlight clips a couple of years ago when he
had a TD catch for Buffalo against Dallas, then trotted the length
of the field to present the ball to his girlfriend, a Cowboys
After these two touchdown grabs, the former college roommate of
Tim Tebow at Florida was eager to get out of the locker room to
rejoin Only and complete their terrific weekend.
”I wanted to wait until we saw how the game went,” Nelson
said. ”A loss was going to be a little bit of a different
situation. Now that the game went so well, we’ll find something to
Only, who was born in prison and raised in foster care, stood up
in front of a church congregation in St. Petersburg, Fla., in
October and boldly declared that he would ”take anyone” to adopt
”Old or young, Dad or Mom, black, white, purple, I don’t
care,” he said. ”And I would be really appreciative. The best I
When Nelson heard about Only’s story, he immediately called his
publicist to try to set up a meeting. Only, who has been featured
on various news programs, will receive a chance at his dream as
he’ll spend the holidays with prospective adoptive parents.
Nelson and Only had a long discussion Saturday about the boy’s
life, and how his birth mother died last June. The moving
experience helped the wide receiver get focused for the game
against the Browns.
”It just changed perspective for me,” Nelson said. ”Today, I
was able to play loose and play free and let the game come to me
and not try to stress or press about my performance and how many
catches I was going to have.
”It all seemed meaningless after the conversation we had
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