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Father & son witness historic Iron Bowl thanks to a stranger's kindness.

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One Auburn fan will never forget how he got tickets to the Iron Bowl. The kindness of someone he'd never met allowed him and his son to watch the Tiger's victory from the 50-yard line. Tuesday night, the unexpected generosity went into overtime.

Jeff Johnson knocked on the door at the home of someone he's never met. It's an unexpected personal hand shake to James Walker, for a gesture Johnson never expected. "My son will have this memory we will share for the rest if our life."

Johnson and his 16-year-old son Brady headed to Auburn with no plans to attend the Iron bowl.  However, an hour before kickoff, Brady wanted to find tickets.  They were pricey.

Johnson says tickets were selling for $250-$300.  He told his son he could see paying that money for football.  Although, it wasn't long before HB Lee gave them the deal of a lifetime. Two free tickets on the 50 yard line. Lee says, "I thought what would make him happier than anything else? I thought I would give them to someone unexpectedly."

James Walker doesn't go to games anymore. but still gets tickets.  Lee had some of those with him that day.  In return for the free tickets, Lee asked a simple request.  He just wanted for the Johnsons to send a thank you letter to Walker.

Not only did they bring the letter in person, they also gave Walker an Iron Bowl score t-shirt. Walker says, "This is the nicest thing that has ever happened to me.  I'll remember it always."

Johnson says, "After the game, my son told me... Dad if I'm fortunate enough to be successful and I can do something like Mr. Walker did, I want to do something."

Walker has given away about 50 tickets in the last 12 years.  Those who know him well say he will continue helping others have that special time.

Walker graduated from the school of pharmacy at Auburn.  There's building named after his father.  Brady Johnson told us he hopes to attend the university after high school.

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