The world could use some more good guy swag, and it’s refreshing to see people recognizing the everyday hero. Lately, I’ve seen some regular good guys get some major online attention. It’s just the beginning, which is why this is called “Rise of the Good Guys.” You may have seen some of the videos below, but I dare you to watch all of them and not well up in tears. They’ll make a grown man cry. These 6 inspiring videos have all gone viral, and you’ll see why.
1. Basketball Good Guy Swag
It was Mitchell Marcus’s last game as team manager, and his coach was determined to help him live his dream to make a shot in a game. However, Mitchell Marcus was a special needs student, and each opportunity was missed. It seemed like all hope was gone, until Jon Montanez, a kid with a lot of good guy swag on the opposing team stepped in. With 13 seconds left in the game, Jon passed the ball to Mitchell…
2. Director Good Guy Swag
Last year, 9-year-old Caine Monroy became an internet sensation due to “Caine’s Arcade,” which has been seen close to 4 million times. Cain has some good guy swag, but gotta give it up to the director who just wanted to put some wind in the kid’s sail.
3. Dairy Queen Good Guy Swag
19-year-old Joey Prusak is not only a college student, he’s also manager of Dairy Queen. While working the cash register, Joey Prusak watched an elderly blind gentleman drop a $20 bill. Surprisingly, a woman behind the man, picked up the $20 and put it in her purse. Joey asked her to give it back, but she claimed it was hers. After he asked her to leave the store, he took $20 out of his own pocket and gave it to the elderly man.
4. Young Good Guy Swag
Ian McMillan was just 12 years old in 2011 when he demonstrated some serious good guy swag. After an usher tossed a foul ball into the stands, Ian caught it and bounded up the stairs on cloud nine. However, when he notices a young boy crying who was hoping to get the ball, Ian goes out of the way to do something most kids wouldn’t do.
5. Old Good Guy Swag
96-year-old Fred Stobaugh never thought his entry would be chosen for a song writing contest by Green Shoe Studio. He didn’t meet the requirements, which were to upload a video via Youtube and send in the link. He just mailed in some heartfelt lyrics about his wife who had passed away. Jacob Colgan from the studio, brought some good guy swag to the table, and decided to help Fred. Working with Fred, Jacob recorded “Oh Sweet Lorraine,” which will hit you square in the chest.
6. Wrestler Good Guy Swag
The 2012 National Sportsmanship Award went to Demetrius De Moors, and for good reason. He faced off in a wrestling match against Michael Lind from a competing high school in one of the state’s biggest matches. This was Michael’s first match, though. See, Michael has Down’s Syndrome. Demetrius, the top wrestler in the state, volunteered to wrestle him. As Demetrius put it, “I was saying to myself, well, if I could only wrestle one time, if I could only experience this one time with the crowd watching me and the cameras on me, how would I want it to be? So I tried to make is as fun and special as possible so he would have something to remember.”
As a good guy, you take a short-term loss sometimes. It’s ok. You may never get recognized, but know this: there’s a prize waiting at the end. I guarantee it. Character pays. One good deed can pay off in monumental ways as proven above. If you haven’t read it yet, make sure you also check out 6 Reasons Why the Good Guy Wins too.