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Georgia DB Richard LeCounte III Surprises 10-Year-Old Fan Before Heart Surgery

With college football season seemingly on hold for now, University of Georgia defensive back Richard LeCounte III recently found a way to make an impact off the field.

LeCounte found out 10-year-old Destiny Maney was set to have open heart surgery last Friday and that he was her facorite player on the Bulldogs. So after the Maney family reached out to LeCounte through his mother, he met Destiny in Atlanta before her operation and took some time to hang out and do what every 10-year-old in 2020 wants to do: film a TikTok.

WJCL — Like her parents Ashley and Jeremy, Destiny is a big fan of the Georgia Bulldogs.

“She became a fan of Richard (LeCounte) a couple years ago when we would watch the games and always root for the plays he played in,” Ashley Maney told the Coastal Courier. “Ever since then she tells us that’s her favorite Georgia player.”

"Richard loves to say that he's more than just a football player, but someone who cares," says Erika LeCounte.

Richard and Destiny were set to meet at Georgia's annual G-Day Game, but due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the game and meeting were canceled.

Thursday the two would finally meet.

The highlight of the visit was Richard and Destiny making a Tik Tok video together.

I have obviously never been a huge supporter of many things coming out of Athens, Ga. over the years, but the Bulldogs certainly appear to have a good one on and off the field in LeCounte. It's always great to see stories like this where guys who have a platform as large as playing in the SEC want to help out whoever they can, even if it's doing something as simple as filming a dance on TikTok.

LeCounte seems like the type of student-athlete any program would be lucky to have. I hope he has a great senior season — with the exception of UGA's game against Tennessee.