Back in March, we heard from Alicia Carter-Johnson, a woman who wanted to make the one hundredth birthday of her grandmother extra-special. And she knew just what she wanted to give grandma Evonne Morgan: a surprise visit from Morgan’s all-time favorite Cowboy, Troy Aikman.
Aikman had once knocked on Morgan’s door by mistake in the nineties, and she never let an opportunity to recall the story pass. “She called my grandfather out of the kitchen, and Troy Aikman very kindly talked to the two of them and shook their hands for a good fifteen minutes,” Carter-Johnson told us in March. “My grandmother even walked him across the street to his party when they were done talking. I’m sure she was absolutely bursting with pride to be able to escort him across the street.”
So when the quarterback—along with his two daughters—walked into the assisted-living facility where Morgan resides on Saturday to celebrate her birthday, it was probably one of the bigger surprises in her one hundred years.
According to Carter-Johnson, Morgan called the visit a “miracle,” and it’s one that came together via social media—a friend of Aikman’s saw Carter-Johnson’s plea shared on Facebook and passed it on to Aikman, then the two of them set up the visit via email over the ensuing few months.
And it sounds like Aikman had a good time too:
— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) June 21, 2015
(Photographs courtesy of Alicia Carter-Johnson)