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Rookie NFL player pays off layaway debts for 60 people

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Posted at 8:38 PM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 23:41:05-05

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A rookie NFL player has paid off the layaway debts for five dozen people at a shopping center store in Florida.

Ulysees Gilbert, a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, on Monday paid off thousands of dollars in debts for 60 people at a Burlington Coat Factory at the Shady Oaks Shopping Center in Ocala, Florida.

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Gilbert graduated from a local high school. He said he got the idea when he saw other professional athletes paying off layaway debts on social media.

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Mark Shipman, the store manager, said Gilbert’s actions were special.

“He is a good person,” Shipman told the Ocala Star Banner. “You could tell he was doing it for the right reasons, out of the kindness from his heart.”