Hakim Laws- who happens to be a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan- went viral last week after catching a baby who was being thrown from a burning building. However, Hakim is making the news once again, but for something different. His famous one-liner phrase “Philly catching babies #UnlikeAgholor" is trending and has started being printed on t-shirts and sweatshirts.
Laws had been a firefighter with Engine 27 previously and happened to be passing by near an apartment building on Girard Avenue when it caught fire early Monday. He rushed to evacuate the residents until the crew arrived. This included catching a baby that was tossed from the building. While describing the flow of events to 94.1 WIP host Angelo Cataldi, Laws couldn't help but troll Nelson Agholor’s performance against Detroit Lions.
“I see a guy hanging out the window screaming that his kids were in there,” Laws told CBS3 the night of the fire. “My man just started throwing babies out the window. We was catching them, unlike Agholor and his mishaps. I’d like to put that out there." In an interview with WIP on Thursday, Laws told Cataldi that saving the mother and child was “ like catching a game-winning touchdown.”
While reminiscing the memories of his previous job, Laws told WIP that he was surrounded by life and death situations all the time. “Honestly, you go numb,” he said. Being such a die-hard fan of the Eagles, he compared his catch to Agholor's touchdown and said, “I was teed off the whole day, you know. I was with friends, we was celebrating, cooking food. [Agholor] let us down, you know, the team let us down. But he let us down... Hey, I am going to tell those people with the cameras how I felt."
Laws have now become viral and very popular for his superb rescuing skills along with his sarcastic comments. The firefighter is smart enough to convert this opportunity into a business venture, as Spreadshirt Shop selling T-shirts with the caption, “Philly catching babies #UnlikeAgholor.” The T-shirts costs $30 while the sweatshirts are $46. A portion of the shop’s profit would go to the victims of the fire attack, said Laws to WIP.
After Laws’s words went viral, Agholor replied with grace and solidarity, thanking him for being a “hero in the community” and inviting him to watch the next home game at Lincoln Financial Field. Even this gesture did not stop Laws from taking a dig at the player's deteriorating game.
“I’m an Eagles fan, I bleed green ... You’re going to get what you’re going to get,” he said. It was not only Agholor who dropped passes; instead, the Eagles dropped a combined seven passes, including two that could have been touchdowns.