BRIDGEPORT - An autistic man from Bridgeport says he received a heart-warming message from NFL legend Jerry Rice following a story News 12 Connecticut recently aired.

News 12 Connecticut and Greenwich nonprofit group The Needs Clearing House recently helped Charles Fuller get an apartment for the disabled after he became homeless.

Fuller says it was a thrill hearing from the all-star wide receiver, because he has always admired the 20-year veteran of the NFL.

“I always liked him because he was a very gracious athlete and he always stayed in very great shape,” said Fuller. “I’m his biggest fan.”

A spokesman for Rice told News 12 he also plans to send Fuller a small amount of money to help him get settled into his new apartment.

Jerry Rice won three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers.