Devin Funchess delivers on heartwarming promise to mother of fallen soldier

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess had a huge impact on Monday night’s game. The receiver hauled in two touchdown scores to help the Carolina Panthers win in blowout fashion.

But that’s only half of the story, and not even remotely close to the most important part.¬†Funchess had told the mother of fallen soldier, Sergeant Dillon C. Baldridge, that he’d score a touchdown in his memory.

The Panthers gave Funchess the game ball for his contributions to their victory. He then was able to pass that ball to Baldridge’s mother, who was clearly touched.


Baldridge, a 22-year-old soldier, died from wounds sustained in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (h/t Legacy.com).