"It kind of caught me off guard," Knight said. "I wasn't expecting to hear that. I felt kind of good just to know she appreciated everything."
It put a smile on Holliday's face, too, to know one of his players dropped what he was doing to help someone in need, not worrying about any prize at the end.
"He wasn't asking for it," Holliday said. "I had no clue until the lady sent us a letter about what he had done. He's a young freshman who hadn't been around here and he came in with that mentality."
When Holliday was done reading the letter, he called Knight to the front of the group. He took the helmet from Knight's hand and, with a quick tug, stripped that red stripe. Knight had gone green. He was a 100-percent member of the Herd.
Holliday said there are plenty of good apples in Marshall's bunch. Their deeds often fly under the radar. So it's nice when a player's work away from the field gets recognized.
"It makes you feel good," Holliday said. "A lot of times in athletics, you read about all the negatives out there. Unfortunately, some of the positives don't get reported."
Other newcomers have lost their red stripes since. But Knight can always remember that, in the 2013 season, he was the first, and it was a kind act that helped him earn it. Whether or not word got out of his good work doesn't matter to Knight. If he found himself in a similar situation, he wouldn't hesitate to help.
"You don't even really think about it," he said. "It's just second nature. You just do it."
It's not just the Herd's football team that should embrace Knight and his attitude of service. The Marshall and Huntington communities should do the same.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.