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 late-November 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, while including a picture of her son and Foster on the post. “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. “God has been working throughout my life and my family’s life, so I just wanted to do something special for the kid.”
Foster’s career has taken an upturn over the final half of the season. In six games since being promoted from the practice squad, the undrafted rookie out of Alabama leads Buffalo with 21 catches for 490 yards and two touchdowns.