BATON ROUGE - LSU football players Cleveland Davis and James Hairston were welcomed into the purple and gold-decorated atrium area of Whealdon Estates Friday as they visited the residents of the retirement community.
The punter and running back greeted the many residents, took pictures and handed out posters to build excitement for their upcoming season.
"It's important to give back to the community," Hairston said. "I'm glad Cleveland and I could stop by today to visit with Whealdon Estates. It was a heartwarming experience to meet the various generations of Tiger Fans."
The oldest resident present for their visit is 103 years old, and he enjoyed meeting and talking with the players.
"I feel it is our duty as student-athletes to give back to the community that supports us and LSU so much," Davis said. "I feel pretty good at the end of the day if we can put smiles on people's faces, and I was glad to do that today."
LSU football will open its 2012 season against North Texas on September 1 at Tiger Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.