WWII vet, 97, finally lives out his dream of meeting his favorite player at LA Rams game

The argument can be made that TikTok doesn’t produce a whole lot of good for the world, but every so often there will be a gem like this one.

Influencer Isaiah Garza has been in contact with William Goode, a 97-year-old veteran who fought in World War II. In September, Garza surprised Goode with a trip to Disneyland. This thrilled the veteran, who admitted that he thought “his life was over” at his age.

And in October, the pair decided to take a trip to SoFi Stadium to watch his favorite team, the LA Rams, play the Carolina Panthers.

“I wanna make today the best day of your entire life,” Garza says in a TikTok clip.


“You know, that means a lot to me,” Goode responded. “I wish more people would care.”

“You have a favorite sports team, right?” the influencer asks, prompting the veteran to reply that he loves the LA Rams. Garza then reveals that the two of them will be going to see them play.

The day didn’t just end there, though. Goode also had the honor of meeting his favorite player, Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp. Kupp talked with the man and then autographed a custom jersey and at one point the Rams even let the veteran wear their championship ring.

Goode said later that his “heart was going like crazy” during the interaction with Kupp, and told Garza he did a “wonderful and beautiful thing” by helping him live out his dream. The wonder and happiness was clear as day on the veteran’s face as he was able to watch the Rams play live, right in front of him, even saying “miracles happen.”

As an added bonus, Goode was able to hang out with the Rams cheerleaders while in his jersey and was treated like a king. The stadium even played the video from Goode and Garza’s trip to Disneyland for everyone in attendance to see.

Garza revealed that his desire to give back to the community stems from the years he spent as a homeless person on Skid Row.

In an interview with CBS, the influencer boldly declares “I was born to do this.”

“I got kind of, like, obsessed with seeing people happy and seeing the reactions on people’s faces who, like, maybe live on the streets or are struggling. You know, because I myself am someone who struggled for so long,” Garza explained.

Despite being homeless and living out of a vehicle while going to fashion school, he said a world of good came from the suffering.

“If I didn’t become homeless and struggle and suffer, I would have never have done what I’m doing today. It would have never have happened that way. There’s no chance.”


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