June 16, 2024

Jeremiah Moon spent his faculty soccer days taking part in for the Florida Gators. Throughout his sophomore season, the linebacker gifted a younger Gators soccer fan, Jacob Lengthy, a pair of fame-worn cleats.

The soccer star and fan additionally took a photograph collectively to seize the second. “I suppose I used to be feeling good,” Moon stated earlier this week as he recalled the change. “I used to be simply feeling beneficiant.”

Six years later, Lengthy made it clear he didn’t neglect Moon’s beneficiant gesture. Moon went undrafted out of school, however in the end signed with the Baltimore Ravens. The crew cruised to its sixth straight win this previous Sunday, and after the sport, Moon was part of an sudden reunion. 

Lengthy is now a lance corporal within the U.S. Marine Corps and serves as an aviation mechanic. He participated within the pregame flyover crew forward of the Ravens New Yr’s Eve recreation towards the Miami Dolphins.

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Jeremiah Moon, #48 of the Baltimore Ravens, traces up throughout an NFL preseason recreation between the Washington Commanders and the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField on Aug. 21, 2023 in Landover, Maryland. (Michael Owens/Getty Pictures)

Lengthy was capable of spend just a few moments with Moon after the Ravens’ 56-19 victory. The 25-year-old defender took to social media on Wednesday to share some particulars concerning the particular reunion. 

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“After a @GatorsFB recreation in 2017, I met Jacob Lengthy and gave him a pair of cleats. 6 years later, Jacob is now a Marine and was within the flyover crew on the @Ravens recreation this previous weekend.

“I used to be capable of meet him and his household and signal the identical pair of cleats. Loopy how life works!,” Moon wrote on X together with an image of their earlier interplay and the current reunion. 

Moon additionally shared footage of Lengthy’s flyover.

Lengthy’s mom contacted the Ravens and shared the story about what occurred six years in the past. She then despatched the cleats to the crew. 

Moon autographed the cleats after final Sunday’s recreation.

Jeremiah Moon plays during a Ravens game

Jeremiah Moon, #48 of the Baltimore Ravens, traces up throughout an NFL preseason recreation between the Washington Commanders and the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField on Aug. 21, 2023 in Landover, Maryland. (Michael Owens/Getty Pictures)

“It was only a full-circle second,” stated Moon. “Jacob is big now. He was solely 13 the primary image and now he’s 19 and he’s about as tall as me now. He’s doing large issues, which is so cool.”

Moon spent a number of the season on the Ravens’ apply squad, however he was elevated to the lively roster shortly earlier than Baltimore’s Week 15 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Jeremiah Moon reacts during a game

Jeremiah Moon, #48 of the Baltimore Ravens, reacts after making a deal with towards the Washington Commanders throughout an NFL preseason recreation at FedExField on Aug. 21, 2023 in Landover, Maryland. (Michael Owens/Getty Pictures)

Moon had eight tackles and compelled a fumble throughout the Ravens Week 5 recreation towards the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

Moon handled a string of accidents all through his six-year profession at Florida and earned a medical redshirt after making simply two appearances in 2016. He returned to Gainesville for the 2021 season after he was granted a further 12 months of eligibility following the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season.

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Moon completed his tenure at Florida with 151 tackles and eight sacks. The Ravens will enter the NFL playoffs as the highest seed within the AFC. 

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