Sheffield Wednesday man helps young fan through bullying ordeal: Don’t let them affect you!
Footballers often get a bad rap, as was the case early in the coronavirus pandemic, but Jordan Rhodes’ friendship with a nine-year-old Wednesdayite is something to warm the heart.
Young Jack Myers has endured some difficult times dealing with bullies, but after striking up a friendship with Rhodes early into his spell with the Owls, the youngster’s mum has explained how the 30-year-old forward helped her son through a difficult period – and it included a pair of oversized boots!
The young Wednesdayite may not be able to fit in them, but last year Jack got given a pair of signed boots by Rhodes that he’ll be able to cherish forever, and Jack’s mum, Kerrie Footitt, explained why the gift meant so much.
She told the Star, “Jack has a great friendship with Jordan… He’s done so much for Jack, especially when my son was being bullied. Jordan wrote to Jack and also sent him his boots along with a lovely letter.
“The letter and boots actually arrived on the day that we had to move out of our family home as I was divorcing his dad, so it made it even more emotional.
“They got to know each other just by talking to one another at the ground. Jordan’s always been great to Jack, and he always has time for him along with lots of other fans. We’ve seen him play for Norwich twice during his loan, once at Sheffield United – where he scored – and then also against Rotherham.
“Jordan’s birthday is actually just a few days before Jack’s, and he made him this card back in February, he but had to give it to Jez (Jeremy Poulsen) because Jordan wasn’t at the game that week.”
Rhodes has been working hard over the last week as the Owls returned to training prior to the proposed Championship return on June 20th, and young Mr. Myers will be eager to watch him in action once again in the near future – even if it is only via a TV or computer screen while games are played behind-closed-doors.