Tyler Matakevich was definitely not intending to adopt a puppy.
The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, who just finished his rookie season, came to Philadelphia last week to be part of a photo shoot for the anti-animal cruelty campaign Show Your Soft Side - which features athletes and other admirable members of society being adorable with animals.
So Matakevich - who loves dogs, and was sure he wanted to adopt at some point - knew there would be very cute, adoptable puppies taking part in the shoot. But he took the train from his parents' house in Connecticut instead of driving, since he didn't plan on taking any of them home.
Then a small, black puppy named Jerrica was placed into his big, football player arms.
Jerrica fell right asleep. Matakevich fell right in love.