Atlanta Falcons veteran linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who played with the Arizona Cardinals last season, generated a buzz on Twitter after tweeting about his fiancée, Christine, finding an old game check that hadn't been cashed.
My gal just found a game check, I guess moving does have its perks ha
— Sean Weatherspoon (@SeanWSpoon56) March 29, 2016
The couple were in the process of moving out of the Phoenix-area apartment they were renting when they found the check. She took a picture of it and sent it to Weatherspoon.
"I was on my way home from working out when I received a picture of the check, dated Sept. 18,'' Weatherspoon explained in a text message. "My fiancée found it in a stack of mail, I believe. I vaguely remember getting the hard copy after the Week 1 game. I'm not sure why it wasn't directly deposited like all my other checks. I'm currently trying to contact [the Cardinals] now. LOL.''
Weatherspoon, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Falcons ($150,000 guaranteed), made $3.85 million with the Cardinals last season. His base salary was around $2.35 million, meaning the weekly game check was around $138,235.
Weatherspoon and his fiancée have a 1-year-old daughter and are expecting a boy on July 2.
But the most famous story in this realm comes courtesy of Rickey Henderson, who framed a $1 million bonus from the Oakland A's in the early 1980s. Henderson didn't frame a copy. He framed the actual check. He only cashed it when the A's realized that they had a $1 million more than they should have when they were balancing their books. Henderson confirmed the story to "Mike and Mike" in 2009.
ESPN's Darren Rovell contributed to this story.