If you go through Dwayne Johnson‘s Instagram, then you know how much he loves and appreciates all those in the military. What they do allows us to live the lives we have and any chance he can help give back, The Rock is there. He may look like he’s all about muscles, raised brows and the Pec Pop of Love but The Rock is really just a giant teddy bear who knows how to finish off our emotions with more than just his signature Rock Bottom move.
U.S. combat veteran Marlene Rodriguez served three tours and was being honoured with Ford’s Go Further Award. Describing her time in service, she highlighted how the army took quite a toll on her.
“I wanted to stay in, but I don’t think it was going to happen because I suffered severe traumatic brain injury.”
When he could wait no longer, The Rock snuck onstage to present her with the award and Rodriguez was appropriately stunned. In addition to the surprise meet and award presentation, Johnson invited her and a guest to accompany him to the world premiere of Baywatch. But things got really emotional when he presented the vet with a new set of wheels.
Rodriguez is all kinds of modest and her reaction, “Really, why?”, was just so heartbreaking and genuine. Her insistence that she doesn’t deserve such kindness is when things get really teary, so much so that even The Rock can’t hold back.
While Rodriguez scored a Mustang, movie premiere tickets and all our respect, it’s Johnson who may have been the most affected.
“I will never forget this moment for the rest of my life,” he told cameras after the surprise. Neither will we.