Austin McNew is a 17-year-old high school junior whose life was changed during a sledding accident in Indiana that left him paralyzed. His community has raised over $7,000 through #McNewStrong t-shirt sales, and countless friends and well-wishers have reached out to boost the teen's spirits.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown found out about the accident on Twitter after several people tweeted at the Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver, asking if he would visit McNew. Brown was eager to help.
Hey @AntonioBrown84 this teen is a huge fan of yours! He'd love to hear from you! Watch: https://t.co/y26Mlx14oR pic.twitter.com/VJ15zNADBQ— Jeremy Brilliant (@JeremyWTHR) January 22, 2016
Let me know when !!!! https://t.co/PEsEqGvHam— Antonio Brown (@AntonioBrown84) January 23, 2016
Brown called McNew and also wished him well on Twitter. Though McNew is recovering from a serious injury, he took the time to express concern about Antonio Brown's recent concussion.
Soooo did @austinmcnew54 just FaceTime to @AntonioBrown84??? pic.twitter.com/yRWmJGUvQC— Zach Hazelett (@zach58hazelett) January 27, 2016
@austinmcnew54 glad I was able to talk to you brother!! Rest up and get well soon...you will be back in no time! Call God!!— Antonio Brown (@AntonioBrown84) January 27, 2016