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Marshawn Lynch reportedly gave $500 to McDonald’s employee

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Marshawn Lynch did his part to make the day for a McDonald’s employee by handing over $500 to the fast food staffer, simply because the young man expressed admiration for the Seattle Seahawks running back’s shoes.

TMZ reports that Lynch engaged in conversation with 17-year-old Terrance Downs after strolling into a Dallas McDonald’s after the Seahawks’ 13-12 victory over the Cowboys.

“I told him I liked his shoes — navy blue Buscemis — and how I wanted to buy a pair and we all started talking,” Downs told TMZ Sports.

Lynch reportedly asked Downs about his future career aspirations and Downs indicated he hoped to get involved in fashion. That’s when Lynch pulled out a wad of cash and handed it over the teenager.

“If you’re serious about getting those shoes, here’s some money to help you get ’em,” Downs recalled Lynch telling him. “My job is to continue to see you grow.”

A representative speaking on behalf of the McDonald’s franchise owner confirmed the report, saying, “Marshawn left a huge positive impact on Terrance.”

Downs, who indicated he did in fact go out and buy a pair of the coveted shoes with the $500 Lynch gave him, said he hopes to be successful one day so he can model his behavior after the running back who inspired him with such a thoughtful gesture.

“I can do the same thing for someone else one day,” he said.

Lynch, who has cultivated a somewhat unsavory reputation with the media, arguably is one of the most misunderstood players in the NFL. But he appears to be a different person when cameras and microphones aren’t in his face, and this latest act of generosity serves as a reminder of it.