Update 8:40 p.m.
Nelson Agholor is proving pro athletes can be good sports.
After former firefighter Hakim Laws went viral for his comment about catching babies being tossed from fiery inferno in West Philadelphia — “unlike Agholor,” who dropped several passes in the Birds’ Sunday night loss versus the Lions — the Eagles wide receiver reached out with an offer.
“Thank you for being a hero in the community,” Agholor tweeted. “Would like to invite you and your family to the next home game.”
The 26-year-old NFL star then asked for Twitter’s help in getting in touch with Laws. Anyone got a connect?
On this day in Philadelphia sports history, an Eagles fan became a national hero.
His name is Hakim Laws, and he’s a former firefighter. But his popularity actually does not derive from his recent valiant efforts in rescuing babies being tossed from a burning building in West Philadelphia.
No. Laws became a social media star when he delivered what’s been called “the absolute greatest quote in the history of Philadelphia”
The tale goes like this: Eight people were injured after a house fire broke out on the 1200 block of North 52nd Street. Six children and two adults have been hospitalized; a Fire Department spokesperson was unable to comment on their current condition.
Back to Laws. He happened to be walking by the area when he witnessed “a guy hanging out the window screaming that his kids were in there,” Law told CBS3. That fellow was Nadir Darby, who woke up to smoke and flames and jumped into action, Laws said, explaining, “My man just started throwing babies out … And we were catching them, unlike Agholor.”
That’s a reference to Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who had a particularly off game during the Birds’ 27-24 loss to the Detroit Lions Sunday night.
More than 12 hours after that fire, and more than nine hours after the clip heard round the world, Laws is a legend. With around 31,000 tweets about it, “Unlike Agholor” is basically on its way to becoming a verb for doing well.
Here’s a round up of the best, worst and strangest “Unlike Agholor” takes.
Laws wasn’t the first person to compare weird stuff to Agholor
Can you, an Eagles fan, remember the first time you used “unlike Agholor” in a sentence? For this guy, it was November 13, 2016.
Today, ‘Unlike Agholor’ is known as a new way of life
People are using it as an anti-marriage proposal line
Folks are ready to commemorate Laws with a statue
Who’s more iconic: Laws or UPenn Dean of Students Eric Furda
The dean was taped yelling “What are you looking at? Boooo!!” among other things at refs during the game. He, like Laws, really does not gaf.
Plenty of fans and players are coming to Agholor’s defense
Another Eagles Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffrey seemingly was not here for any of the slander.