Stanford’s Star Running Back Attended a Six-Year-Old’s Birthday Party. Nice.


Despite what you’ve heard, not everyone at Stanford thinks they’re that special.

How else can you explain the Cardinal’s star running back, Stepfan Taylor, attending the birthday party of a six-year-old fan in (we’ll assume) southern California?

Ben Levin put Taylor on the “guest list” for his sixth birthday party, and his parents forwarded the request onto Stanford coach, David Shaw. The rest — if you’re name is Ben Lavin — is magic.


“His dad explained in an email to football coach David Shaw, ‘We have been going to all the football games this year. Last week, when we were watching the first UCLA game, Ben announced that he wanted to invite Stepfan Taylor to his birthday party. Naturally we told him that probably Stepfan Taylor would be too busy to come to a kindergarten birthday party, but that Ben could email an invitation.’

“Taylor not only answered Ben’s email, he also came to the party.

“Levin says that Taylor ‘spent an hour with Ben and a dozen of his friends eating cake and throwing around a football in the backyard. It was probably the greatest 6-year-old birthday party ever. Very cool and I was so impressed with Stepfan’s generosity.'”

Seriously… no food fights?

That’s a pretty solid move by Taylor, though. Especially because this bit of news wasn’t released by him or promoted at all. Nope. It was just an all-around selfless move.

This, despite the fact that GQ describes Stanford’s ‘Core Belief’ as, “You are above California, even though you do love the weather.”

Stanford won the PAC-12 this year, dethroning Oregon (the video above) and a host of others. They’ll play Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.