Mr. Nice Guys

    Professional athletes have become synonymous with big cars and bling, not with random acts of kindness. But the Houston Texans’ Jason Simmons is not a stereotypical pro athlete. Simmons wore #30. But so did new teammate Ahman Green, who was traded in from Green Bay. As is the custom among athletes, Green offered to buy the number from Simmons for $25,000. Simmons countered his offer, asking Green to use the money to help a needy family buy a home. Green agreed.

    Impressed by the proposal, Texans owner Bob McNair matched the amount. In July, Regina Foster, a single mother of an autistic 7-year-old son, received $50,000 for a down payment toward a new home.

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