FLORIDA STATE – Early in the NIL era, Florida State offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons started a coalition called the Big Man Big Heart, making it one of the first players to use his name, image and likeness to help others instead. By my self. His famous #TakeTimothytoTally started by helping his longtime friend and family travel to Tallahassee for a game and went on to successfully help Timothy pay his medical bills associated with a condition known as VACTERL. That initiative is still going strong.
Fast forward a year, and Gibbons along with quarterback Jordan Travis have teamed up to seek support from colleague Greedy Vance and his family, who suffered catastrophic damage to their home in September last year from Hurricane Ida.
From their GoFundMe.com description:
When Hurricane Ida hit, Vance’s family home suffered floods and wind damage, leaving floors and drywall in ruins and destroying the screened porch and roof. Vance’s mother, Aniqua, a single mother who works for the New Orleans Sheriff’s Office, called her insurance company for help. After several months, they sent out a team of disaster relief specialists, who began the process of tearing out all the soaked and moldy drywall, carpets and other contents of the home that were destroyed.
Vance’s mother has borrowed money to help and has worked her way through some of the repairs, but it seems that the light at the end is almost twice as far as the distance they have already traveled.
Big Man Big Heart: Help Greedy Vance’s family in a time of need.
Not to aggravate the situation, but these initiatives draw a layer back in not only the character of the players that FSU has on the list, but the culture and family that everyone talks about when they mention Florida State in the Mike Norvell era. .
Vance moved in from Louisville last offseason, and in just such a short time he has been welcomed with open arms. If locker room building has been one of your problems the last few years, this should only show evidence of the change going on behind closed doors.