One truism about the world that makes life easier to cope with for us working stiffs is that even professional athletes get flat tires.
For instance, Michael Vick.
The Philadelphia Eagles QB was speeding down through the Eastern Shore this week with his family, on his way to Virginia Beach, when a tire on his Lexus suddenly went on the injured reserve in Berlin, Md., a town of about 3,500 people near Ocean City..
(The Eagles have this week off. I know because I have their defense on my fantasy team. Also: Their defense stinks.)
DelmarvaNow.com reports on Vick’s timing: It was exceptional. His tire went down right across the street from John’s Auto Body. Vick strolled in looking for help, and absolutely none of John Derrickson’s employees — that’s John, of John’s Auto Body — knew that their customer was somewhat famous.
“I knew right away,” Derrickson told the paper. “I’m an Eagles fan.”
And then this happened, according to the paper:
As he and his mechanics worked to bring the Lexus across the highway to the shop, Carmella Solito of the adjacent Twisters Gymnastics came out to see what was going on.
“She came out with her hands on her hips and wanted to know why we were blocking her driveway,” Derrickson said, laughing.
Solito was no longer worried about her driveway when she found out whose car was in the way.
“I said ‘Oh my God, what are you doing here?’ ” she recalled.
Eager to make the most of the experience, Solito invited Vick into her gym, where dozens of children were working on becoming athletes themselves. When she saw he had his wife and two young daughters with him, she encouraged them all to come in.
There were more than 100 kids at the facility. Pictures were snapped.
“There were little ones just hanging off his leg,” Solito said. “He told them if they worked hard, it would pay off.”
Yes. One day, they, too, might become famous and spend an afternoon with a flat tire in a small town, giving mechanics and little kids a day to remember forever.