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NFL Star Goes To Photo Shoot, Comes Home With A Puppy

When celebrities go to photo shoots, more often than not they just come home with a pay check and maybe a goody bag.

But for Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, Tyler Matakevich, he came home with a puppy.

The NFL star was at a photo shoot for the anti-animal cruelty campaign, Show Your Soft Side, which features famous athletes and super cute animals...what more do you need?

Matakevich has always been a dog lover, and he knew that he would adopt a puppy at some point, but he didn't know it would be at this shoot.

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Matakevich showed up to the photo shoot and was paired up with Jerrica, a little black puppy. Jerrica immediately fell asleep in Matakevich's arms, and the linebacker fell in love.

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"It felt like they set me up," Matakevich said. "I knew right away."

"You have an NFL Player who could easily purchase any dog he'd possibly desire. He chose a mixed-breed pup," says Renee Martini, the founder of Renee's Rescue, where Jerrica came from. "Talk about a class act! Such a win for the animals."

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Jerrica, now renamed Bailey, was a surprise for both Tyler and his girlfriend Shannon, but everyone seems pretty excited about the new addition.

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"This is so unexpected," Matakevich says. "It's awesome. She's just such a good dog."

The NFL star brags about how smart and well-trained Bailey already is, and says she's having a great time pestering the couple's older dog as well.

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See? Even millionaire athletes know to adopt, not shop!

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