ESPN- Recently released by the Carolina Panthers in a cost-cutting move, Boston had three suitors in the Chargers, the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
After visiting all three teams, Boston said he prayed for clarity as traveled back home to Charlotte, North Carolina, to make his decision. That's when he stopped by the local gas station, even though he had a half a tank, to take advantage of a price that had dropped from $3.29 to $3.10 a gallon.
"I crossed two lanes to get to the gas station," Boston said. "I pump my gas. After I pump my gas, I put my wallet in my car. After I put my wallet in my car, there's a guy with three kids and he asked me for a little bit of change, or if I had a dollar or two. I gave him a $20.
"So he tells me thank you so much, and that God put me in his life for a reason. And in my mind I'm saying you're here for a reason, too. So in my mind I'm saying should I ask him, 'L.A. or Buffalo.' And before I could ask him, my man told me, 'Thank you so much. There aren't too many people like you in this world, God's children. My name's Mike Daniels, but people call me L.A.'"
Boston said he started crying, taking the nickname of his new friend as a sign from the man upstairs that he should join the Chargers.
And as he reached for a tissue in his car, Boston said he thought he saw Jesus on an advertisement stand selling gas station cards.
Boston said he glanced back and on the stand he saw a card that said, "Jesus saves." The two men talked for another half hour before saying their goodbyes.
Let's just cut to the chase here. The Chargers were the right choice for Tre Boston. That's not so much an endorsement of his devout decision making process as it is an assumption that his "what if God was a slob like one of us?" mentality is just a better fit for Los Angeles than it is for Pittsburgh or Buffalo.
Now, I'm not trying to put down anybody's religion here. However, to think that Jesus saved in this situation would be to think that Jesus was letting some homeless dude wander the streets begging for money with his three children in tow and only decided to interject when he realized that a professional football player needed guidance on where to make his millions. Call me crazy, but it seems bit self centered for Tre Boston believe that his Lord and Savior dropped everything to make a guest appearance in his life by selling discounted fuel during a period of time as "tragic" as free agency. I'll admit that Mike Daniels going by the nickname 'L.A' is a bit odd, but not nearly as odd as being narcissistic enough to conclude that your professional path was a priority for the man above.
That's not to say this isn't an example of everything happening for a reason. It very well may be, but it's definitely not because God plays matchmaker by orchestrating chance encounters between strangers whose lives are heading in polar opposite directions. It's because the people that truly trust that he is whenever they have a decision to make tend to do well living in regions where the locals get a littttttttle too much sun. Just saying, the fine folks of Buffalo don't seem like the laid back type that would hear someone out if they started talking about seeing supreme beings in a piece of toast. If for no other reason than because their weed just isn't as potent.