The holidays are all about giving. Whether that be to those less fortunate or to friends and family, it’s a time to show how much we care about the ones closest to us. From giving your siblings ugly sweaters to paying off $100,000 worth of layaway orders, no deed is too small. Sometimes, professional athletes exemplify exactly that.
Brady Singer, a former Gators pitcher and current Kansas City Royals prospect, surprised his parents this year with one of the ultimate Christmas gifts one can give: paying off their bank loan and the rest of their debt. As his mom reads his note, the two can’t help but tear up, and you probably will, too.
“Dear mom and dad, I just wanna say thank you for everything you’ve done to help me reach my dreams,” she read. “There’s absolutely no way I could’ve done all this by myself. Both of you constantly took off of work and spent every dime you made just to put a smile on my face. My smile and appreciation for both of you has never stopped and it never will…there’s something I wanna give to you. I am paying off the loan from the bank. Also, I paid off all your debt as well…I want you both to know how much I appreciate you.”
Singer is far from the first athlete to do such a thing. Last year, Arizona Diamondbacks first-round pick Pavin Smith paid off his parents’ mortgage in another heartwarming video. Plenty more athletes have bought their parents houses or cars, like Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs this year or Eddie Lacy years ago.
Though the amount Singer gave is unknown, it might not have been much to the first-rounder. In 2018, the Royals drafted Singer with the 18th-overall pick because of his mid-90s fastball and wicked off-speed pitch. He signed a $4.25 million bonus.
Before becoming the Dick Howser Trophy winner, which is given to the top collegiate player of the year, he turned down nearly $1 million from the Blue Jays in 2015 to play three years at Florida. Singer was also a huge part of UF’s 2017 National Championship team.
Hopefully Singer’s gift will spur other professional athletes to follow suit and give back as well.