It didn’t take long for the story of Keith Fitzhugh to go national.
Tuesday afternoon, Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger first wrote about Fitzhugh’s decision to pass on a job offer with the Jets. He did so to continue his career as a train conductor so that he could support his parents. By the evening, Fitzhugh was besieged by calls from outlets wanting to hear his story.
Many folks wondered why Fitzhugh would pass up the large weekly salary of a NFL gig. The Jets shed more light on the topic Wednesday when they said that he was only offered a job on their practice squad, not the 53-man roster. That’s a $14,000-per-week difference. Vrentast writes Fitzhugh was led to believe he may be put on the active roster.
The information provides context to the story, but it doesn’t change the selfless way Fitzhugh takes care of his parents.
“We’re just so proud of him. What parent wouldn’t appreciate that from their child?” Meltonia Fitzhugh told Chris Harry of Fanhouse.com. “He came to us and said, ‘Mom and Dad, you’ve done so much for me. You’ve supported me and taken care of me. You got me to practice and stayed on top of me with my grades, and now I’m going to help you.’ He’s showing us now how much he appreciates us.”