The Ex­tra Point

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Nfl -

Robert Foster couldn’t help but re­mem­ber be­ing in the same shoes — lit­er­ally and phys­i­cally.

So when a 14-year-old boy was try­ing on an ex­pen­sive pair of Adi­das Yeezy’s and un­cer­tain if his mother could af­ford them, the Buf­falo Bills rookie re­ceiver stepped in.

“I just felt like how he felt,” Foster said. “I would al­ways ask my mom and dad for a cer­tain pair of shoes and some­times they’d do it for me, and some­times they didn’t. So I just said, ‘Let me do some­thing spe­cial for some­body to­day.’ So I got them for him.”

The story of what hap­pened at a Buf­falo-area mall in lateNovem­ber came to light when Lori Stearns praised Foster in post­ing a note on her Face­book page. She said her son was try­ing on the shoes when a cus­tomer at the regis­ter, who turned out to be Foster, asked if she liked them.

When Stearns re­sponded, “No way, they are too ex­pen­sive,” Foster in­sisted he’d pay for them. It was at that point, Foster in­tro­duced him­self to Stearns and her son.

“It made my young man’s night,” Stearns wrote. “Def­i­nitely one beau­ti­ful mem­ory he will carry into adult­hood! So we wanted to thank you Robert for be­ing so thought­ful and wish­ing you a very merry Christ­mas.”

It was noth­ing, said Foster, who wasn’t ex­pect­ing to at­tract pub­lic­ity.

“That’s my motto: Give and you shall re­ceive,” Foster said.

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