Will Hernandez of the New York Giants spent his first NFL paycheck on a heartwarming gift for the two people who raised him.
Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Hernandez bought his family a new home, sharing news of the purchase on Instagram.
It’s the latest landmark in an improbable football journey for Hernandez. After academics cost him a chance to play at a major football school, the Las Vegas native signed on the University of Texas-El Paso. UTEP went winless in 2017, but Hernandez established himself as one of the premier blocking prospects in the NFL Draft. Expected to be chosen in the late stages of the first round, the Giants had pretty much no choice when he fell to them with the second pick of the second round, the 34th selection overall. The position didn’t matter to him at all.
“I’m beyond excited. The fact that I get to work with guys like that, it’s like, wow. The Giants all around is just a great, great team,” Hernandez said soon after his April drafting. “The fan base is amazing. The coaching staff, when I met them on my private visit, was amazing. They were all real cool guys. I’m just excited to be a part of that team.”
Hernandez becomes the second Giants rookie to purchase his family a new home, the first being first-round pick Saquon Barkley last month. Barkley, Hernandez, and the entire Giants rookie class will report to Quest Diagnostics Training Center this weekend.