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Falcons WR Sanu shares heartwarming letter from plane passenger

By Alex Butler
Falcons WR Sanu shares heartwarming letter from plane passenger
Atlanta Falcons' Mohamed Sanu speaks tot he media during Super Bowl LI Opening Night on January 30 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. File photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

April 30 (UPI) -- Mohamed Sanu was embedded in his airplane seat, studying the Atlanta Falcons' playbook. He didn't know that a young fan was watching.

Luckily for Sanu, he always carries himself like someone else is viewing his every move.

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The Falcons wide receiver was on a flight last week when a 10-year-old boy and his family happened to be sitting behind him. He stuck to studying his plays and eating some snacks, while being polite to the other passengers. The family took notice of his actions and sent him a gracious letter in response.

"Hi," the letter started.

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"You don't know us, but we wanted to thank you. Our son sat behind you on this flight and watched you. He saw you studying your plays. Watched you make healthy choices with your snacks, food and drink. He watched how polite you were to everyone. He is only 10 but just made an elite hockey team and we are on our way to training in Ct. You are an inspiration to children and for that you should be proud."

"Thank you and best of Luck. The family that sat behind you."

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Sanu later posted the letter to his Twitter, including the caption: "This definitely put a smile on my face. The little things."

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The 27-year-old wide receiver had 653 yards and four touchdowns on a career-high 59 receptions in 2016, his first season for the Falcons. He had 1,793 yards and 11 touchdowns on 152 catches in his first four NFL seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Sanu tallied two catches for 25 yards in the Falcons' February 5 Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots. He is signed with the Falcons through 2020.

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